Recommended Video: Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz offered the first of what he said will be “many steps” he will take to help with the coronavirus pandemic, pledging Saturday to donate more than $500,000 to relief efforts. Gobert, who was the first NBA player to test positive for COVID-19 — a diagnosis that prompted the NBA to suspend its season for at least a month — said he is giving $200,000 to part-time employees at the arena that plays host to Jazz games to help cover their lost wages. Gobert, a 27-year-old All-Star center, infamously made a point to touch the voice recorders of the media assembled for an interview session Monday as a gag, two days before he was diagnosed, moments before the Jazz were to play in Oklahoma City against the Thunder. ESPN also reported Gobert had been “careless” in the locker room, touching teammates and their belongings, prior to his diagnosis, and that there’s reportedly “a lot of frustration” among Jazz teammates with Gobert. Gobert also pledged $100,000 each to assist families affected by the pandemic in Oklahoma City, where he was when the diagnosis came, and Utah. He also is giving more than $100,000 to… Read full this story
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