The National Basketball Association (NBA) announced Wednesday evening that it is suspending the 2019-2020 basketball season after a player reportedly tested positive for the virus.
“The NBA is suspending game play following the conclusion of tonight’s schedule of games until further notice,” the association said in a statement. “The NBA will use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic.”
The decision came after Utah Jazz All-Star player Rudy Gobert reportedly tested positive at a game Wednesday evening for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.
Players from both the Jazz and the Oklahoma City Thunder walked off the court right before the game began due to the illness. Fans were then asked to leave the arena.
“The test result was reported shortly prior to the tip-off of tonight’s game between the Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena,” the NBA said in its Wednesday statement. “At that time, tonight’s game was canceled. The affected player was not in the arena.”
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ESPN reported that Jazz and Thunder players were “currently quarantined” in the arena.