Minnesota Timberwolves star Rudy Gobert appeared to show his support for Elon Musk’s critical tweet from outgoing National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Dr. Anthony Fauci on Monday.
Minnesota star center Gobert liked Musk’s tweet, which said his pronouns were “Prosecute/Fauci.”
It’s unclear why Gobert liked the tweet. He hasn’t appeared to show support for Musk or distaste for Fauci in the past.
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Gobert was a staple 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. While with the Utah Jazz, Gobert was asked about how teams should handle the virus and seemed to shine a light on the situation when he deliberately touched the tape 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 of my diagnosis…mostly fear, anxiety, and embarrassment,” Gobert wrote. “The first and most important thing is that I would like to publicly apologize to anyone I may have put at risk. At the time, I had no idea I was even infected. I was negligent and I find no excuse.”
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Gobert was also one of the few NBA players to speak out against the atrocities faced by Uyghur Muslims in China.
Musk caused an outcry over the tweet on Sunday, with some applauding the Twitter CEO for speaking out against the infectious disease expert and others accusing Musk of making reckless remarks 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 various reporters, Musk has released files on the social media giant’s inner workings in recent weeks, including its removal of the Hunter Biden laptop story and its decision to ban former President Trump from the platform shortly after the 2021 Capitol Riot.
Fauci has faced intense backlash throughout the coronavirus pandemic for his advice on masking and other mitigation strategies, as well as his thoughts on the origins of the virus. It received almost uniformly positive press coverage from the mainstream media.
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Republicans are advancing investigations into Fauci’s “judgment,” particularly its connection to the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic. Fauci himself agreed it was important to find out what caused the pandemic, noting that although he personally believes it was of natural origin, the possibility of a lab leak is still on the table. . He has repeatedly denied that his agency 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.