The NBA suspended its season after Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19.
The Oklahoma City Thunder and Utah Jazz teams were fully expected to play Wednesday night, but the game was scrapped when the team doctor abruptly ran on the floor telling officials about the center's test results.
Shortly after, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced the season will be postponed indefinitely.
Gobert was the first professional athlete in the U.S. to test positive for the coronavirus.
Before being diagnosed, Gobert had a cavalier attitude about the whole situation, intentionally putting his hands on mics during interviews and touching everything in sight.
He had also been touching other players’ belongings in the locker room as a joke.
"I have gone through so many emotions since learning of my diagnosis...mostly fear, anxiety, and embarrassment," Gobert wrote. “I was careless and make no excuse. I hope my story serves as a warning and causes everyone to take this seriously.”
Once the league found out he tested positive, 58 players and essential team staff were quarantined inside Chesapeake Arena for 24 hours.
After testing all 58, Donovan Mitchell, the Utah Jazz superstar and teammate of Gobert’s, was the only one to come back positive for COVID-19.
“Hopefully people can continue to educate themselves and realize that they need to behave responsibly,” Mitchell wrote. “Both for their well being and the people around them.”
Gobert had reportedly played five teams while having the coronavirus, causing those players and staff to be tested as well.
Out of those five teams only Detroit Pistons Center Cristian Wood tested positive.
The other players who came in close contact with Gobert in the last 10 days were suggested to self-quarantine themselves for at least two weeks.
While the NBA is suspended for the foreseeable future, that leaves many arena workers without a job.
Mark Cuban, the owner for the Dallas Mavericks immediately went on national TV and discussed what would eventually happen to everyone under his business.
“We’ll put together a program for them, but downstream, in terms of vendors and small businesses in the area and what happens from there, this is new territory for all of us, so it’s hard to predict,” Cuban said.
Others also stepped up and announced they would be donating a 100,000 dollars to their affiliated organizations, such as Kevin Love and Blake Griffin.
The rookie Zion Williamson took it a step further and posted on Instagram that he would be covering all Smoothie King Arena staff paychecks for the next 30 days.
With the NBA acting so quickly to delay operations, the NHL, MLB, and NCAA all announced shortly after they’d be following suit.