Jazz’s Rudy Gobert on snitch hotline amid NBA bubble coronavirus scares
Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert doesn’t believe the anonymous hotline really has a point, telling members of the media on Tuesday that it’s more about respect and making sure guys socialize while keeping a distance from each other.
“I don’t know if someone’s gonna use it, but I think it’s sort of petty,” Gobert said.” Sometimes you just want to make sure everyone respects the rules, but I don’t think the hotline really has a point. It’s more about respecting each other.”
Gobert then went on and talked about how to prevent COVID 19 cases inside the NBA bubble in Orlando.
“I think everyone’s educated about the virus at this point, Gobert said. “You want to make sure you do socialize and do all those things, but by still respecting each other’s space. And try to wear the mask inside, especially when it’s crowded.”
The NBA set up an anonymous hotline so that the players can use it to report peers they suspect are breaking the rules. According to The Athletic, multiple tips have already been submitted to the hotline. However, since it’s anonymous, no one will know which player submitted the tip. If players do not follow safety protocols in the bubble, punishment consists of a warning, a suspension and a campus ban.
As for Rudy Gobert, he’ll most certainly play a vital role in the Jazz’s upcoming playoff run. Before the NBA hiatus, Gobert was averaging 15.1 points, 13.7 rebounds, and 2.o blocks in 34.5 minutes per game. Furthermore, he was shooting 69 percent from the field and 62 percent from the free-throw line.