Los Angeles Lakers: Danny Green’s Rudy Gobert statement now more important

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Rudy Gobert’s diagnosis may have been met with anger and frustration. Think about how Donovan Mitchell felt.

The coronavirus is spreading across the world at an unknown pace and a number of athletes across the world have confirmed they have tested positive.

In the US, the coronavirus has infected multiple unnamed minor league baseball players, NFL coach Sean Payton, as well as an unnamed XFL player. Out of all of the athletes named, Donovan Mitchell’s name hit the sports world a little different.

Donovan Mitchell also took to Twitter after his diagnosis.

Like Gobert, Mitchell had a statement on Instagram.

"“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,”"

What’s inside of Donovan Mitchell’s mind right now is an ESPN 30 for 30 documentary in itself. With the reports about Gobert’s antics in the locker room touching other players and their belongings, it stands to reason that Mitchell was one of them. While Gobert was just joking, The Athletic’s Tony Jones has great insight on what Donovan is thinking via Deadspin.

"“The mental side of being the first person to have it and there being a viral video of you mocking the illness is enough to weigh on a man, especially somebody who has the mental makeup that Rudy Gobert has,”  “He’s suffered more than any suspension could give him.” “Some of (the backlash) is fair because he did it on tape. I get that it’s the social media era and it’s easy for the pitchforks to come out,” Jones continued. “But here’s my thing: I don’t think any of us were taking this thing seriously enough. Because if we were, we might not be in the current situation we’re in.”"

Speaking of the current situation, with the NBA out of commission there are rippling effects that go a lot further than LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard or Zion Williamson paychecks. Many media members covering sports all over the world are in limbo (This website included!) waiting for the season to come back and write itself.

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