Update: March 12, 2020 at 3 p.m. ET
Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz confirmed via Instagram that he tested positive for the coronavirus.
“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 star baller wrote on the social media platform.
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Rising NBA star Donovan Mitchell has reportedly tested positive for the coronavirus.
The All-Star guard is the latest basketball player and member of the Utah Jazz to test positive. (The news was first reported by ESPN senior NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski.)
News of Mitchell’s diagnosis comes a day after teammate Rudy Gobert reportedly tested positive.
“Jazz star Donovan Mitchell has tested positive for the coronavirus, league sources tell ESPN. Jazz players privately say that Rudy Gobert had been careless in the locker room touching other players and their belongings. Now a Jazz teammate has tested positive,” Wojnarowski wrote on Twitter.
Mitchell is an Adidas athlete and has a signature shoe with the brand, the D.O.N. Issue #1, which was revealed in December 2018.
Last night, the NBA announced that it has suspended the regular season. “The NBA is suspending game play following the conclusion of tonight’s schedule of games until further notice,” the league said in a statement. “The NBA will use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic.”
The decision was made, according to the statement, after a player on the Jazz has “preliminarily tested positive for COVID-19.” Although the league revealed the team, the player’s name was not announced. Shortly after the statement was released, multiple reports stated that the player was Gobert.
The positive test was reported before Utah’s road game against the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, and after it was reported the game was canceled. The NBA stated the player was not in the area.
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