Two Utah Jazz star players whose positive tests prompted the ongoing suspension of the NBA season have reportedly been cleared of the coronavirus.
All-Stars Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell have been cleared, about two weeks after testing positive, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. The team said the Utah Department of Health had determined that no player or team personnel "poses a risk of infection to others," according to Chris Mannix of SI.com.
Gobert became the NBA's first reported case of coronavirus after he tested positive on March 11, leading to the suspension of the Jazz-Thunder game in Oklahoma City that night shortly before tip-off, as well as the Pelicans-Kings game in Sacramento. Arenas full of fans were sent home.
Mitchell tested positive the next day, amid the flurry of suspensions and cancellations across sports and other sectors of the US.
Both players gave periodic updates regarding their condition on social media throughout the two-week period of self-quarantining, including video appearances. Gobert apologized and said he was embarrassed after he was seen jokingly touching reporters' microphones days before testing positive. Mitchell admitted on GMA that he was annoyed at Gobert initially, but said he had moved on and was focused on raising awareness about the virus.
Jazz reserve forward Georges Niang told WEEI that a reported rift in the Jazz locker room over the incident was overblown. A Desert News Jazz reporter, Sarah Todd, who was quarantined and tested along with Utah personnel and players, agreed with Niang's sentiment, and suggested on RADIO.com's "Scal & Pals" that it was unfair to draw conclusions about how the virus had spread.