Rudy Gobert, a NBA player for the Utah Jazz, has tested positive for the coronavirus.
News broke that the 27-year-old had been diagnosed with the virus on Wednesday night.
The NBA have now decided to suspend their season.
“The NBA announced that a player on the Utah Jazz has preliminary tested positive for COVID-19,” their statement read.
“The test result was reported shortly prior to the tip-off of tonight’s game between the Jazz and 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 NBA will use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic.”
The league has told teams that have played Utah in the last 10 days that they should self-quarantine.
Utah’s opponents since March 2 include the Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks, Boston Celtics, Detroit Pistons and Toronto Raptors.
What makes the matter worse is that Gobert deliberately touched all the mics and recording devices at a press conference on Monday.
The 27-year-old wanted to make light of the situation and insisted the disease was nothing to worry about.
Gobert’s actions may have infected many more people.
Evan Fournier, a close friend of Gobert, has come out and insisted that he is doing well after contracting the virus.
“Was just on the phone with Rudy,” he tweeted. “He is doing good man. Let’s not panic everyone. Love you all.”
LeBron James took to Twitter to express his feelings about the start to 2020.
“Man we cancelling sporting events, school, office work, etc etc,” he said. “What we really need to cancel is 2020! Damn it’s been a rough 3 months. God bless and stay safe.”
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