The coronavirus is no joking matter, and the NBA made that clear Wednesday night, suspending its season after a Utah Jazz player preliminarily tested positive for COVID-19.



a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Center Rudy Gobert played 32 minutes in the Utah Jazz's game on March 9. Two days later, the NBA announced he tested positive for coronavirus.


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Center Rudy Gobert played 32 minutes in the Utah Jazz’s game on March 9. Two days later, the NBA announced he tested positive for coronavirus.

A person familiar with the situation confirmed to USA TODAY Sports that the player was Utah center Rudy Gobert. And on Monday, Gobert had appeared to joke about the coronavirus after an interview session with reporters. 

He made a point to touch all of their tape recorders and microphones on his way to the team’s shootaround. 

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Two days later, Gobert was listed as “questionable” with an illness on the team’s injury report before its game at Oklahoma City. His coronavirus test result was reported before Wednesday’s tip-off against the Thunder, and after the teams were pulled off the court, the game was postponed.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Jazz center Rudy Gobert joked about coronavirus, touched reporters’ recorders days before positive test





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