Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert doesn’t think too highly of the NBA bubble’s anonymous tip hotline, which has become known as the “snitch hotline.”
“I don’t know if someone’s gonna use it, but I think it’s sort of petty,” Gobert said, according to ESPN. “At the same time, you want to make sure that people respect the rules.”
The league shut down on March 11 when Gobert, 28, became its first player to test positive for the coronavirus.
Prior to his positive diagnosis, Gobert was reportedly “careless” in the Jazz’s locker room. During a media conference, the center jokingly went out of his way to touch every single microphone and recording device in front of him in an attempt to make light of the daunting situation. Those actions caused a rift with teammate Donovan Mitchell as he received a positive test soon after. The two continue to repair their personal relationship as they prepare to resume their on-court partnership.
“I think it’s more about respecting each other and all do it as a small community,” Gobert said. “Everyone is pretty much educated about the virus at this point, and it’s more about respect. At the same time, you want to make sure you socialize and do all those things, but still respecting each other’s space and try to wear the mask inside, especially when it’s crowded.”
Florida reported 10,181 new coronavirus cases along with 112 new deaths on Wednesday, according to the state’s Department of Health. Florida has surpassed 300,000 total cases with 4,521 deaths related to COVID-19.
The league continues to be strict with enforcing safety measures. Players who broke bubble protocol such as Sacramento Kings center Richuan Holmes and Houston Rockets forward Bruno Caboclo, are mandated to a 10-day quarantine period.
Among the tips called into the “snitch hotline” was a noise disturbance which turned out to be Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler dribbling in his hotel room.