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Rudy Gobert issues apology for 'careless' actions after COVID-19 diagnosis shuts down NBA season

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Posted at 2:44 PM, Mar 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-12 18:16:10-04

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Jazz star Rudy Gobert issued a public apology on Twitter Thursday for his “careless” actions days before testing positive for coronavirus.

Gobert tested positive for COVID-19 Wednesday, initially shutting down the Jazz’s game that night against the Oklahoma City Thunder, and later resulting in the league canceling the season indefinitely.

On Monday, Gobert was seen on video jokingly touching all the microphones at a press conference where the Jazz organization was outlining its plans to help prevent the spread of the virus.

“I would like to publicly apologize to the people that I may have endangered,” Gobert wrote. “I was careless and make no excuse.”

Gobert said he hopes his story can be a warning to the public to take the coronavirus situation seriously.

Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell also tested positive Thursday morning.

He added that he is "under great care" and expects to fully recover.