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The Utah Jazz had the first NBA player to test positive for COVID-19.

And with his recent actions, Rudy Gobert has learned a lot over the past 24 hours.

In a shocking development Wednesday evening, Gobert came back with a positive test for the coronavirus. 

In wake of that news, the NBA suspended its season.

Then, a video went viral of Gobert trying to make light of the coronavirus outbreak while touching all the reporters microphones and recorders following a press conference just three days ago.

Thursday morning, it was announced that Gobert’s teammate Donovan Mitchell has also tested positive for COVID-19.

And now, we have a public apology for Gobert’s action.  

The seven-year veteran took to his Instagram Thursday afternoon to share his thoughts since being diagnosed. He gave thanks and issued a public apology for his recent actions:

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. – Rudy Gobert on his Instagram

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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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The latest on the NBA suspending the season (as Thursday at 1:30 p.m. PT) is that the league has reportedly told teams the stoppage will be 30 days, minimum.