The NBA is set to return to action on Thursday after a long layoff due to the coronavirus pandemic. Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert was the first player in the league to test positive for COVID-19 and was widely blamed for the forced shutdown of the sport. Today on The Dan Patrick Show, Gobert opened up to Dan about what the past few months have been like and why he doesn't feel he has anything to prove to his critics.
Dan Patrick: What kind of feedback did you get (after the shutdown)? It felt like you were getting blamed for ruining sports?
Rudy Gobert:"I definitely got that feeling on social media. I got a lot of negative messages. I tried to put my mind away from that because people are going to judge without knowing what happened. There was a lot of fear and anger...and someone has to be blamed.
Dan Patrick: Why did you go on social media?
Rudy Gobert:"I like to stay connected to what is going on in the world. Everyone has an opinion and on social media...people just have a perception of you. They only see 1% of what you are and judge you based on that. I care about the people that know 100% of me. I'm not trying to prove who I am to the rest of those people. The most important thing is to stay true to myself and keep doing the positive things that I've been doing for my community.