This Extremely Stupid Man Accidentally Saved Thousands Of Lives


In a weird way, as twitter user @youyanggu points out, this kind of makes Rudy Gobert a hero. Granted he's a hero much in the same way the first little kid to get bit by Jaws is a hero, and albeit an even worse hero because at least that kid didn't rub all of his shark-attracting-blood on a bunch of microphones, but he's a hero nonetheless.

You could argue that Adam Silver is the real hero for being the one to proverbially yell, "get out of the water" by suspending the season, but whomever you want to credit, it can't be argued that the earlier social distancing measures have saved thousands of lives.

Also, on one hand, this story might've not resonated so much had Rudy Gobert not gone on TV and weirdly massaged a bunch of microphones. At the same time, he also might have played a role in spreading the virus around the league.

So goes the weird ethical paradox of having a flippant attitude in the face of a crisis. Sure, you risk putting yourself and others around you in immediate personal danger, but then once you get bit, you serve as a permanent warning to the community at large. So, thank you, Rudy Gobert. Your unbridled stupidity might have saved countless lives. We only wish you made a public asshat out of yourself even sooner.

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