Gobert Donates To Jazz Fan’s Funeral Fund For Father

Apr 27, 2021, 3:16 PM | Updated: 3:48 pm
Rudy Gobert Signing Autograph (Photo: Ben Anderson)...
Rudy Gobert Signing Autograph (Photo: Ben Anderson)
(Photo: Ben Anderson)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – When Justin Jasperson sent out a tweet looking to help a fellow Jazz fan with funeral expenses for her father, Rudy Gobert answered the call.

Mike Barnes was diagnosed with cancer on New Year’s Eve. On April 17, less than five months after his diagnosis, Barnes passed away. His daughter, Melissa Robinson, an avid Jazz fan and popular member of the Jazz Twitter community set up a GoFundMe page to assist with funeral expenses and medical bills.

That’s when Jasperson decided to share the word that a fellow Jazz fan could use a helping hand.

“Because @punk_003 would never ask herself, I’m going to do it, Jasperson tweeted. “Her father passed away from a sudden bout of cancer. He was their sole provider. @rickyrubio9 @rudygobert27 @spidadmitchell @Joeingles7 If it wasn’t a dire need, I wouldn’t ask. Please?”

Without responding on Twitter, Gobert quietly made a contribution to the page, donating $3,000 towards the $15,000 fund.

“Thank you so much @rudygobert27,” Robinson tweeted. “I don’t have the words to tell you just how grateful we are. ”

Gobert remained silent on the contribution until he was asked about it before facing the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday.

“I saw that on Twitter and I try to do my part to help them, I like to do that sometimes,” Gobert said. “Sometimes people find out, sometimes they don’t.”

It’s no surprise Gobert would reach out to a Jazz fan who had recently lost a parent. The All-NBA has not been shy about the important role his mother plays in his life, nor in her inspiration to do good in other people’s lives.

“My mom told me to do that,” Gobert said of offering a helping hand. “It’s something that I always try to do when I can.”

To date, Robinson has raised a little under $7,000 towards the goal, nearly half of which was contributed by Gobert.

“Just wanted to say thank you so much to everyone who has donated,” she posted on the GoFundMe page. “We are so incredibly grateful for your kindness.”

As Robinson continues to raise money for her family’s financial needs, Gobert recognizes the importance of his opportunity to offer a little relief.

“To be able to change people’s lives,” Gobert said, “It’s always a good thing.”

KSLsports.com does not assure that the money deposited to the account will be applied for the benefit of the persons named as beneficiaries. If you are considering a deposit to the account, you should consult your own advisors and otherwise proceed at your own risk.

  • Utah Jazz Scoreboard

  • Utah Jazz Team Leaders

  • Utah Jazz Standings

Utah Jazz

Ben Anderson

Jazz Have Lost Six Of Eight After Falling To Warriors

The Utah Jazz dropped their sixth game in their last eight outings after falling to the Golden State Warriors 129-118.
2 days ago
Ben Anderson

Jazz Losing Streak Hits Three With Loss To Golden State

The Utah Jazz fell to the Golden State Warriors on the road 129-118 to extend their losing streak to three games. 
2 days ago
Ben Anderson

Kelly Olynyk Scores 13 In Third Quarter To Erase Warriors Lead

Kelly Olynyk scored 13 third quarter points as the Utah Jazz erased a 17-point Golden State Warriors lead. 
2 days ago
Ben Anderson

Walker Kessler Tells Draymond Green No At The Rim

Utah Jazz rookie Walker Kessler gave Draymond Green a firsthand look at his shot-blocking expertise on Friday night. 
2 days ago
Ben Anderson

Markkanen, Beasley Shine In Jazz Week Five Grades

The Jazz are through week five of the NBA season so it's time for another check-up on the four factors of a successful season.
2 days ago
Jordan Clarkson - Utah Jazz - Golden State Warriors...
Ben Anderson

Jazz Travel To Golden State To Face Curry, Warriors

The Utah Jazz will travel to face the Golden State Warriors on Friday night in a post-Thanksgiving day matchup. 
2 days ago
Gobert Donates To Jazz Fan’s Funeral Fund For Father