On Wednesday night, the National Basketball Association (NBA) announced that it was suspending game play for the rest of the season after a player tested positive for the coronavirus.
“The NBA announced that a player on the Utah Jazz has preliminary tested positive for COVID-19,” the NBA said in a statement. “The test result was reported shortly prior to the tip-off of tonight’s game between the Jazz and the Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena. At that time, tonight’s game was canceled. The affected player was not in the arena.”
“The NBA is suspending game play following the conclusion of tonight’s schedule of games until further notice,” the statement continued. “The NBA will use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic.”
The player who tested positive for the coronavirus, Rudy Gobert, had mocked the fears of the coronavirus on Monday by touching and rubbing the microphones and recorders of reporters.
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NBC Sports stated that Gobert had “no respect for” the “precautions” being implemented by the NBA to try to keep reporters safe from coronavirus. NBC Sports reported: “Amid coronavirus concerns, the NBA has implemented procedures that isolate players from the media. The goal is reportedly keeping players 6-8 feet from the media. So, group interviews have generally been done with the player at a table or podium rather than in a scrum. Jazz center Rudy Gobert has no respect for these precautions.”