Minnesota Timberwolves star Rudy Gobert appeared to show his support for Elon Musk’s critical tweet from the outgoing director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Anthony Fauci, on Monday.
Gobert, the star center from Minnesota, liked Musk’s tweet, which said his pronouns were “Prosecute/Fauci.”
It’s unclear why Gobert liked the tweet. He hasn’t seemed to show support for Musk or dislike for Fauci in the past.
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Gobert was a fixture at the start of the global coronavirus pandemic and the NBA’s decision to pause the 2019-20 season due to the spread of the virus. When he was with the Utah Jazz, Gobert was asked about how teams should deal with the virus and appeared to downplay the situation when he deliberately touched the recorders and microphones in front of him.
The Frenchman later apologized for not taking the pandemic seriously, as he was also one of the first NBA stars to be diagnosed with the virus.
“I’ve been through so many emotions since learning my diagnosis…mainly fear, anxiety and shame,” Gobert wrote. “First and foremost, I would like to publicly apologize to the people I may have endangered. At the time, I had no idea I was infected. I was careless and I have no excuse.”
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Gobert has also been one of the few NBA players to speak out about the atrocities facing Uyghur Muslims in China.
Musk caused a stir Sunday over the tweet. Some applauded the Twitter CEO for speaking out against the infectious disease expert and others accused Musk of making reckless comments and mocking the LGBT community.
When asked if his tweet about Fauci would be explained in a new Twitter Files, Musk replied “yes.” Working with several journalists, Musk has released files in recent weeks on the inner workings of the social media giant, including its suppression of the Hunter Biden laptop story and its decision to ban former President Trump from the platform shortly afterward. of the 2021 Capitol riots.
Fauci has faced intense backlash during the coronavirus pandemic for his guidance on masking and other mitigation strategies, as well as his thoughts on the origins of the virus. He has enjoyed almost uniformly positive media coverage from the mainstream media.
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Republicans are moving forward with investigations into the Fauci “trial,” specifically its connection to the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic. Fauci himself agreed that it’s important to find out what caused the pandemic, noting that while he personally believes it arose naturally, the possibility of a lab leak is still on the table. He has repeatedly denied that his agency has funded so-called “gain-of-function research” at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, which involves manipulating a virus to make it more transmissible for research purposes.
Fox News’ Danielle Wallace and Nikolas Lanum contributed to this report.