Rudy Gobert on His 'Character Being Questioned' After COVID Diagnosis: 'A Big Learning Experience'



After the video circulated around social media, Gobert offered his apologies, but the fallout was still drastic and put the NBA player into a dark place.

"The media portrayed it like I caused the NBA to shut down,” Gobert told the publication. "Instead of saying that it’s a pandemic and Rudy Gobert tested positive."

"For a lot of people who don’t think further than what’s put in their faces, they really thought I brought the coronavirus to the United States," he added.

But despite the criticism the basketball player received, he still issued an apology, filmed a public service announcement, and donated $500,000 to support coronavirus efforts in Utah, Oklahoma, and his home country of France, according to The Washington Post.

Now, Gobert says he is doing better than he was months ago, adding that he is in a "great place" mentally.

He acknowledged in the interview that it is "hard" for him to be vulnerable in discussing his mental health, and noted that he was "going through some stuff that people don’t know."

"We all have the tendency to judge people without knowing them," he said. “You watch us play basketball every day, but you don’t know who we are, what we’ve been through, what we’re going through. Get to know people. Go deeper. You can spread a lot of positive messages [on social media], but you can also spread hate and judgment. You’ve got a choice.”

Gobert told the publication that he wants to be a "competitive" leader capable of "telling [teammates] things you don’t want to hear" while still making sure to "put myself in other people’s shoes."

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