The official statement released tonight by the Utah Jazz indicates that one of their players tested negative for influenza (flu) during the morning, but that in the afternoon, before the game they were going to play against the Thunder began. from Oklahoma City were informed that he tested positive for the coronavirus.
Upon learning of the positive of one of its players, the NBA immediately decided to suspend the rest of the season temporarily, but without a restart date.
The Jazz, in their statement, explain that the player affected by the positive coronavirus, of which they have not given his name, but that several journalistic and league sources indicate that it is the French center Rudy Gobert, had given negative to the influenza (flu), pharyngitis, and an upper respiratory infection.
However, the individual’s symptoms decreased over the course of today, but as a precaution, and in consultation and cooperation with NBA medical personnel and Oklahoma health officials, the decision was made to evaluate him for the COVID-19 “.
The Jazz indicate that “a preliminary positive result was released just before the start of the game against the Thunder.”
It was Gobert who joked about the coronavirus playing a microphone several times in front of the journalists, as if nothing happened
At that time the NBA made the decision to postpone the game and subsequently announce the temporary suspension of the league competition.
When it was determined that the individual would be evaluated, we immediately reported to the league office, the Jazz text says.
He adds that “the health and safety of our players, our organization, those throughout our league and those potentially affected by this situation are paramount in our discussions.”
They indicate that “we are working closely with state officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Oklahoma and Utah and the NBA to determine the best way forward as we gather more information.”
“The individual is currently in the care of health officials in Oklahoma City. In coordination with the NBA and state officials, we will provide updates at the appropriate time.”
Unofficially, it was learned that the affected player is Gobert, without any team, nor the NBA have denied the information and on the contrary, several players of the rivals that the Jazz had in the last 10 days of competition have already expressed their fears and concern through the media.
All of them referring to Gobert, who had to score during the games, while ensuring that they will be ready to cooperate and comply with all the recommendations made by the teams and the NBA.