Jazz center Rudy Gobert jokingly touched the recording devices of reporters just days ago. He tested positive for the coronavirus on Wednesday. Russell Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert apologized on Thursday for his “careless” behavior that endangered the safety of those around him due to the coronavirus.

Gobert, who jokingly touched the microphones and recording devices of reporters just days ago, tested positive for the coronavirus on Wednesday. Just moments after his positive test, the NBA announced it was suspending the season.

In a statement on Instagram, Gobert offered his apologies to all those he endangered and promised to do what he can to use his experiences to educate others about the dangers of the coronavirus.

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I want to thank everyone for the outpouring of concern and support over the last 24 hours. I have gone through so many emotions since learning of my diagnosis…mostly fear, anxiety, and embarrassment. The first and most important thing is I would like to publicly apologize to the people that I may have endangered. At the time, I had no idea I was even infected. I was careless and make no excuse. I hope my story serves as a warning and causes everyone to take this seriously. I will do whatever I can to support using my experience as way to educate others and prevent the spread of this virus . I am under great care and will fully recover. Thank you again for all your support. I encourage everyone to take all of the steps to stay safe and healthy. Love.

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Gobert’s teammate Donovan Mitchell had a locker next to Gobert and also tested positive for COVID-19. Multiple Jazz players shared privately that Gobert acted carelessly in the locker room, touching other players and their belongings.

Since the NBA suspended its season on Wednesday night, MLB and the NHL announced on Thursday that they will suspend their seasons indefinitely.

This article first appeared on Sportsnaut and was syndicated with permission.



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