Utah Jazz basketball player, Rudy Gobert, who has reportedly tested positive to Coronavirus was seen purposefully touching microphones of reporter, two days before he tested postive for COVID-19.
While meeting in an interview room, instead of a locker room, as part of the league’s response to the outbreak, Rudy Gobert, 27, could be seen touching reporters’ microphones and recorders in an exaggerated manner during a pregame interview on Monday.
In a video that surfaced on social media, Gobert can be seen getting up from his seat after an interview. As he begins to leave the room, the athlete turns around to wipe his hands on the mouthpiece of several microphones attached to a podium before leaving the room.
“As part of the Jazz’s COVID-19 response, shootaround availability was done in the ZBBC media room today rather than on the court. As Rudy Gobert got finished discussing the situation, he stood up, leaned over and made it a point to touch every mic and recorder in front of him,” Salt Lake Tribune‘s Eric Walden reported.
On Wednesday, the NBA suspended the remainder of the season after a Utah Jazz player tested positive for coronavirus and Gobert was identified by the Associated Press as the player who tested positive for COVID-19.
“The NBA announced that a player on the Utah Jazz has preliminary tested positive for COVID-19. The test was reported shortly prior to the tip-off of tonight’s game between the Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena,” the NBA said in a statement.
“The NBA is suspending game play following the conclusion of tonight’s schedule of games until further notice. The NBA will use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic.”
Gobert, who the Utah Jazz listed as “questionable” due to illness right before Wednesday’s game, was identified by the Associated Press as the player who tested positive for COVID-19.