The Utah Jazz announced Saturday afternoon that All-Star center Rudy Gobert is donating $500,000 to support both the employee relief fund at Vivint Smart Home Arena and coronavirus-related social services relief in Utah, Oklahoma City and within the health care system in his native France.
Gobert, 27, became the first NBA player to test positive for the coronavirus shortly before tipoff of Wednesday’s game in Oklahoma City against the Thunder. A short time later, the game was postponed, and within hours the NBA had suspended its season for a minimum of 30 days.nike nfl cheap jerseys
“I know there are countless ways that people have been impacted. These donations are a small token that reflect my appreciation and support for all those impacted and are the first of many steps I will take to try and make a positive difference, while continuing to learn more about COVID-19 and educate others.”
Gobert and teammate Donovan Mitchell were the first two players who were publicly known to have tested positive for the virus; Christian Wood, whose Detroit Pistons team hosted Utah on March 7, has since also tested positive, a league source told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Saturday.
Teams that played the Jazz recently — also including the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics — were expected to self-isolate through at least this weekend, while the Toronto Raptors — the last team to play Utah Monday in Salt Lake City — had their entire travel party tested Wednesday night and into the early hours of Thursday morning, with all of the tests coming back negative.
Gobert’s donation will be split in the following ways: $200,000 going to part-time employees at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah’s home arena; $100,000 each to families in Utah and Oklahoma City affected by the coronavirus; and €100,000 to the health care system in France.cheap nike nfl jerseys paypal
Mitchell, 23, spoke out publicly from self-isolation for the first time earlier Saturday, and said he continues to feel all right.
“What’s up everybody? Donovan Mitchell here. Just wanted to say thank you to everybody for your continued support, man. It means a lot to me,” Mitchell said in a video released on the NBA’s Twitter account.
“I feel fine. Things are going well. I’m just taking the proper precautions, as told to me by the health authorities. I have to stay in isolation. So I’m solo in here, playing video games all day. I can’t wait to get back out on the floor in front of the best fans in the world. I really miss playing in front of you guys, and I’ll see you guys soon.”