*Uh oh, it’s getting more and more serious as the minutes go by. Now, Donovan Mitchell has tested positive for the coronavirus. This news comes just hours after his Utah Jazz teammate, Rudy Gobert, was diagnosed.
As this posting, Mitchell, 23, hasn’t publicly commented, but ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that players seem to be pointing the finger at Gobert not taking proper precautions.
“Jazz players privately say that Rudy Gobert had been careless in the locker room touching other players and their belongings,” Woj says … “Now a Jazz teammate has tested positive.”
On top of that, members from the media are rightfully freaking out because Gobert jokingly rubbed his hands all over mics and recorders while talking with reporters earlier this week (before he was formally diagnosed).
— Dave Fox (@Davefox2) March 12, 2020
And as we reported, because of Gobert’s health status, Wednesday night’s Jazz vs. Thunder game was postponed just minutes before tipoff and both teams were quarantined while the players were in the locker room.
Here’s more via TMZ:
The NBA has already suspended the season — and there are rumblings play could resume in August … but for now, league execs are trying to figure things out.
The coronavirus outbreak is wreaking havoc in the sports world — several major events have been canceled or postponed … including La Liga soccer games, ATP tennis tournaments and more.
As we previously reported, Charles Barkley is calling for the NCAA to cancel the March Madness tournament … but so far, it’s still scheduled to move forward.
We’ve also learned that the Utah Jazz has tested the entire team and staff and say Mitchell and Gobert are the ONLY ones who have tested positive.
“Oklahoma health officials tested all members of the Utah Jazz traveling party, confirming one additional positive outcome for a Jazz player,” the team said.
“We are working closely with the CDC, Oklahoma and Utah state officials, and the NBA to monitor their health and determine the best path moving forward.”