The sports world, sans NFL, was frozen this past week due to the coronavirus pandemic. The first confirmed test for the virus in major American sports came in the form of Utah Jazz big man Rudy Gobert, bringing a swift halt to the NBA season. Not even 24 hours later, teammate Donovan Mitchell also tested positive for COVID-19.
Gobert was notoriously careless over the past couple of weeks, clearly not taking the coronavirus threat seriously. As a result, he tested positive, and put his teammates and many others at risk. Many were frustrated with him, and that includes Mitchell.
During an appearance on ABC's "Good Morning America" on Monday, Mitchell revealed that it took him a while for his feelings about Gobert to "cool off" after he himself tested positive.
You can't blame Mitchell for feeling frustrated with Gobert. It was the Jazz center who put reporters at risk by rubbing his hands on their recorders and microphones during a postgame press conference. Additionally, reports indicated that Gobert's teammates grew frustrated with him over the center touching objects in their respective lockers.
Karma came back to bite Gobert, and he obviously felt guilty. Even if his actions were foolish, Gobert showed remorse and even made a generous $500,000 donation to the Jazz organization's part-time worker fund and other COVID-19 relief efforts.
Mitchell realized that now isn't the time to hold ill will towards others. Instead, he expressed relief that Gobert is doing well and that his health isn't being adversely affected by the virus.
This is a situation that requires everyone to get on the same page and try our very best to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Expect the Jazz to do their part going forward.