Gobert apologizes for 'careless' behavior while infected with coronavirus
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Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert issued a statement Thursday on his Instagram apologizing for his behavior while he was unknowingly infected with the coronavirus.

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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. 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. 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 . I am under great care and will fully recover. Thank you again for all your support. I encourage everyone to take all of the steps to stay safe and healthy. Love.

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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. 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. 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. I am under great care and will fully recover. Thank you again for all your support. I encourage everyone to take all of the steps to stay safe and healthy. Love.

Gobert was criticized for his reaction Monday to the coronavirus outbreak, as he mockingly rubbed reporters' microphones following a press conference. The Jazz center then became the first NBA player Wednesday to test positive for COVID-19, which immediately prompted the league to suspend the ongoing season indefinitely.

On Thursday, it was reported that teammate Donovan Mitchell also tested positive for the virus. Jazz players reportedly said Gobert had been careless in the locker room, touching teammates and their belongings.

Gobert's and Donovan's lockers are located immediately next to each other in the Jazz's locker room, according to The Salt Lake Tribune's Andy Larsen.

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