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Devin Booker learns coronavirus postpones NBA season on Twitch

Devin Booker #1 of the Phoenix Suns during the NBA game against the Sacramento Kings at Talking Stick Resort Arena on January 07, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Kings defeated the Suns 114-103. The Kings defeated the Suns 114-103. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Devin Booker was enjoying his time off by playing video games on Wednesday night when the unthinkable happened. The NBA announced it was suspending league play after a Utah Jazz player, reportedly center Rudy Gobert, tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).

Playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Booker found out on a live Twitch stream.

The video recorded by Arizona Sports’ Kellan Olson can be found here (Warning: Explicit language used).

An audio recording of the video that’s edited for radio can be found at the top of this story.

“What the (expletive)? Broo! Broo! What the (expletive) is going on, bro?” he said after the suspension was relayed to him.

Booker was not the only figure caught on live cameras learning of the news.

During an already in-progress game in Dallas, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was also filmed when he found out about the coronavirus-initiated decision by the NBA to postpone play after tonight’s games.

The NBA will go into a hiatus in order to determine the following actions for advancing the remainder of the NBA season in regard to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.

The announcement comes after the Jazz player had a preliminary test that came back positive for COVID-19 prior to tip-off against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Oklahoma. That game was called, and Utah released a statement about the process of the testing.

This morning a player on the Utah Jazz tested negative for influenza, strep throat and an upper respiratory infection. The individual’s symptoms diminished over the course of today, however, in a precautionary measure, and in consultation and cooperation with NBA medical staff and Oklahoma health officials, the decision was made to test for COVID-19.

A preliminary positive result came back right before tip-off of the Utah Jazz-Oklahoma City game. Subsequently, the decision was correctly made by the NBA to postpone the game. When it was determined that the individual would be tested, we immediately informed the league office. The health and safety of our players, our organization, those throughout our league, and all those potentially impacted by this situation are paramount in our discussions.

We are working closely with the CDC, Oklahoma and Utah state officials and the NBA to determine how to best move forward as we gather more information. The individual is currently in the care of health officials in Oklahoma City. In coordination with the NBA and state officials, we will provide updates at the appropriate time.


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