Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Gobert respond to Jazz fan who hates Black Lives Matter on court idea
Despite their supposed testy relationship following the aftermath of the COVID-19 scare, Utah Jazz teammates Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert were on the same boat concerning the Black Lives Matter movement on Tuesday.
The pair of All-Stars called out a supposed Jazz fan on Twitter, after claiming he will no longer support the team if the NBA plasters “BLM” on its courts at Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
Gobert claimed that the fans shouldn’t be watching them in the first place, while Donovan Mitchell simply waved him goodbye.
If you don’t think that Black Lives Matter then maybe you shouldn’t watch us in the first place… https://t.co/ZnsA6afuKI
— Rudy Gobert (@rudygobert27) July 1, 2020
— Donovan Mitchell (@spidadmitchell) July 1, 2020
The league has made it clear that it will continue supporting the cause of the BLM movement when the season resumes on June 30. Aside from allowing statement stickers on the hardwood, the NBA will also permit players to change the last name on their jerseys to social justice messages.
Both Mitchell and Gobert, meanwhile, have used their platforms to raise awareness and advocate change throughout these trying times. News of discord between the two has flooded headlines since both tested positive for the virus last March. Gobert was treated as the NBA’s patient zero, while Mitchell publicly criticized his teammate for his callous acts before his diagnosis.
It seems that both parties have now made their peace and are ready to help the Jazz make a strong playoff push. Utah raced to a 41-23 record prior to the hiatus and currently holds the 4th seed in the crowded Western Conference.