Utah Jazz All-Star forward Donovan Mitchell has become the second National Basketball Association (NBA) player to test positive for the coronavirus after his teammate, Rudy Gobert, reportedly became the first player to test positive.
Mitchell took to Instagram to confirm the development saying; “Thanks to everyone who has been reaching out since hearing the news about my positive test.”
“We are all learning more about the seriousness of this situation and hopefully people can continue to educate themselves and realize that they need to behave responsibly both for their own health and for the well being of those around them.”
“I appreciate the authorities in Oklahoma who were helpful with the testing process and everyone from the @utahjazz who have been so supportive.”
“I am going to keep following the advice of our medical staff and hope that we can all come together and be there for each other and our neighbors who need our help.”
The entire team and staff who travelled submitted a cheek swab only and Mitchell was the only one to test positive for the deadly virus.
Gobert meanwhile has come in for some criticism for his cavalier attitude in the locker room where it’s reported he was touching teammates and their belongings.
On Monday the 27-year-old French player was filmed touching reporters’ microphones and tape recorders at the end of a press conference in a playful way.