Two Utah Jazz players who tested positive for the novel coronavirus have updated fans on social media as to how they were doing.
Rudy Gobert, an all-star center from France, wrote: “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.”
He also appeared to apologize for an incident with the media that he said came before he knew he was infected.
Gobert’s positive test factored into the NBA suspending its schedule following the news.
The second player, Donovan Mitchell, posted on Instagram that he had a positive test.
It’s not clear when either player contracted the virus. But the news has rippled across the league, with people in contact with the team retracing their recent interactions.
Gobert, after a Monday news conference, was seen playfully touching reporters’ microphones and phones before leaving his table. This was two days before reports of his positive test emerged, and after the NBA had placed restrictions on the interactions between players and the media.
While not specifically referring to the incident, Gobert wrote on social media that he needed to apologize to people he might 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,” he wrote.
Dr. Stephen Redd, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response, said at a Senate committee hearing last week that, depending on the type, the novel coronavirus can linger of surfaces from hours to up to a day.
The video does not show whether media members wiped down the equipment after Gobert touched them.