Rudy Gobert on NBA ‘snitch’ hotline: ‘I think it’s sort of petty’

Jazz center Rudy Gobert
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Rudy Gobert‘s reckless actions increased the odds of him both contracting and spreading coronavirus. He became the face of coronavirus in the NBA even before testing positive. It was unfair he faced greater scrutiny because he got coronavirus. But his behavior alone, regardless of outcome, put him in the wrong.

Gobert seemed to grasped that. The Jazz star fully apologized and followed with a signification donation.

But now he’s talking about the NBA’s “snitch” hotline for people to anonymously report protocol violations inside the bubble.

Gobert, via Eric Woodyard of ESPN:

“I don’t know if someone’s gonna use it, but I think it’s sort of petty,” said Gobert, a two-time Defensive Player of the Year. “At the same time, you want to make sure that people respect the rules.

“But I don’t think the line will really help at that point. I think it’s more about respecting each other and all do it as a small community. 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.”

People could use the hotline for petty reasons. Tattling might not make much of a difference. It probably is more important for people to internalize a priority of respecting everyone.

But nobody wants to hear the nuanced argument from Rudy Gobert.

Is that unfair? Absolutely. The message should usually matter more than the messenger. But, sorry, that’s just how it is right now.

After so publicly not taking coronavirus seriously enough, Gobert can’t be a credible critic of others’ attempts to stay safe.