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Coronavirus-infected NBA players stayed at Detroit Westin; Rudy Gobert threw sleeves into LCA crowd


March 12, 2020, 1:02 PM

A couple of unsuspecting fans at the Pistons' Saturday night game thought they were walking away with souvenirs. Little did they know they got something that could increase their risk of contracting coronavirus.

Video posted to Reddit Thursday shows Rudy Gobert — the Utah Jazz player who tested positive for COVID-19, causing the league to suspend play — throwing his compression sleeves into a crowd as he walked off the court at Little Caesars Arena. 

Gobert spreading the love at LCA 3/7/2020 from r/DetroitPistons

Several days earlier, despite repeated calls for precaution by the NBA, he purposefully touched a press gaggle's microphones and recording devices in what was meant to be a joke.

Gobert and the Jazz's steps throughout the city are being closely traced after he and another player, guard Donovan Mitchell, tested positive. WWJ reports the Jazz stayed at the Westin Book Cadillac the night of the game.

The incubation period for coronavirus is an average of five days. The Pistons have been told to self-quarantine. 

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan confirmed the Jazz stayed at a downtown hotel at a news conference Thursday afternoon. He said the hotel was cleaning surfaces, leaving it unlikely the disease would spread through a sharing of facilities. But he did say that anyone who was "within three to six feet" of either infected athlete "within the past few days" should see a doctor and self-quarantine.



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