NBA first to shut down due to Coronavirus

Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell together on the court.

Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell together on the court.

Steven Ward

On Wednesday, the NBA suspended their games due to one player testing positive for the Coronavirus. Games will be suspended for at least 30 days.


Utah Jazz and the Oklahoma Thunder were in the middle of warmups when they were asked to leave the court when one of the Utah Jazz members tested positive. A video of Rudy Gobert has gone viral, where he was, on purpose and as a joke, touching all of the microphones on the table before knowing that he had the Coronavirus.


After the NBA found out about Gobert testing positive for the Coronavirus, the NBA immediately shutdown and suspended all games for at least 30 days. Gobert is currently in quarantine.


Gobert later issued an apology to those he was around and to those he endangered. Gobert stated,” I was careless and made no excuse. I hope my story serves as a warning and causes everyone to take this seriously.”


The day after the NBA shut down, star NBA player, Donovan Mitchell tested positive for the Coronavirus. It is worthwhile to mention that Gobert also touched all of his teammates too as a joke. 


It is reported that Jazz players are very upset with Gobert because of his actions. There will have to be lots done to repair the relationships between these players.


Following the NBA shutting down, more and more sports started shutting down also. The MLB, MLS, NHL and NASCAR have also shut down. 


The NBA Commissioner has made statements regarding the situation. The NBA Commissioner said that there is a real chance the NBA does not finish the season depending on how long this lasts.


We will see where the Coronavirus takes us next in the sports world.