Angst at ritzy Soho hotel where corona-positive NBA star stayed
There’s angst at the glitzy downtown hotel where Rudy Gobert — the NBA star who tested positive for coronavirus — and his team the Utah Jazz recently stayed when they were in New York.
Insiders tell Page Six that — after learning on Wednesday that Gobert has the illness — staff at The Dominick Hotel in Soho were so perturbed about an apparent lack of concern on the part of the hotel management that some of them called their unions for help.
The team was in town to play the Knicks at Madison Square Garden on March 4th and stayed at the hotel on March 2nd and 3rd.
But the hotel — formerly the Trump Soho — told Page Six Thursday in a statement, “Prior to the team’s March 11 announcement that one of its players tested positive for the novel Coronavirus, The Dominick had published and distributed new operating procedures which addresses precautionary measures and had implemented elevated cleaning practices.”
It added, “We continue to be vigilant in maintaining the highest level of safeguards for the health and well-being of our guests, employees, and visitors.”
Gobert apologized on Thursday for his careless behavior before he knew he had the disease. On Monday — apparently as a way to mock the NBA’s decision to keep reporters six to eight feet from players — Gobert had made a point of touching every reporter’s microphone or recording device during a press conference.
On Thursday he said on Instagram, “I would like to publicly apologize to the people that I may have endangered. At the time, I had no idea I was even infected. I was careless and make no excuse. I hope my story serves as a warning and causes everyone to take this seriously.”
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