Rudy Gobert was the first professional athlete in the United States to be diagnosed with coronavirus and it ultimately led to the NBA suspending the season as a result. Becuase of that and teammate Donovan Mitchell getting a positive test as well, it led to the NHL, MLB, MLS, and NCAA suspending or outright cancelling events because of fear of the coronavirus spreading.
While pointing out Gobert’s antics before his positive test, a reporter on TSN stated that he spoke to a high ranking sports executive who told him that “Rudy Gobert saved America.”
He went on to explain why his positive test led to saving thousands of people.
On Thursday, Gobert finally responded to the many people who had been blasting him for taking the virus as a joke earlier in the week. He apologized for putting so many people in danger with his antics, admitting he was “careless” when mocking the concerns over coronavirus and said he hopes his mistake can serve an educational purpose.
“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,” Gobert wrote. “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.”
Gobert tested positive for coronavirus just before tip-off of Wednesday’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.