NBA star Donovan Mitchell tested positive for coronavirus after Rudy Gobert ‘prank’
Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell has become the next NBA player to test positive for coronavirus following the decision to suspend the season.
Without naming the shooter, the Jazz confirmed the news in a statement Thursday.
“As part of the follow-up to yesterday’s positive COVID-19 test, Oklahoma health officials tested all members of the touring group Utah Jazz, confirming an additional positive result for a jazz player,” said the team in a statement without naming Mitchell.
“We are working closely with officials in the CDC, the states of Oklahoma and Utah, and the NBA to monitor their health and determine the best course of action.”
Mitchell is believed to have caught the virus from Gobert, which was criticized for his behavior earlier this week.
And ESPN reporter Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Twitter that Gobert was also jaded by the issue behind the scenes.
“Jazz players say privately that Rudy Gobert was reckless in the locker room touching other players and their personal belongings,” Wojnarowski wrote.
“Now a Jazz teammate has tested positive.
Gobert was seen mocking virus precautions at a press conference on Monday, as he unnecessarily jokingly touched microphones and a table before leaving an interview.
As a result, five NBA teams that recently played against the Jazz have been self-quarantined.
They are: Detroit Pistons, Toronto Raptors, New York Knicks, Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics.
Gobert is now NBA patient zero for the coronavirus after becoming the first player in the league to test positive, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press.
“I’m sure I’ve probably had contact with him,” said Langston Galloway of Detroit.
“Staying focused on that moment of interacting with a lot of different people and knowing that at the end of the day you might have touched the ball, you might have interacted with a fan and be fair (careful) with that at the to come up.”
The NBA as a whole has been suspended due to coronavirus fears.