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Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert OK after being stung in face by bee from his own hive

Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert OK after being stung in face by bee from his own hive
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This story really stings for Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, who had quite a tale to explain the swelling between his nose and right eye on Thursday morning.

« It was like seven guys, » Gobert said after the Jazz’s Game 6 shootaround, « but I’m the only one who came out of the room. »

The 7-foot-1, 258-pound Gobert was just kidding. His actual assailant? A bee from the hive that he owns at his house on the outskirts of Salt Lake City.

Gobert has been a resident of the Beehive State for nine years, but he only bought his own hive about a year ago. He is quite pleased with the purchase, despite being stung a few times since then.

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« It’s good for the environment, it’s good for the landscape, the flowers, the fruits, » said Gobert, whose vision wasn’t affected by the sting. « And I love honey, so I always wanted to have my own. It’s great. Sometimes there’s casualties. »

Gobert explained that his bees has been « a little upset » since he worked with a beekeeper to change the queen bee in his hive this week, so his sting isn’t too surprising. Nor, he insists, is it necessarily a bad thing, noting that he’s « always felt great for the next few days » after being stung, and that there is actually scientific research that suggests that a bee sting — « not a swarm » – – can be healthy.

« There’s actually some treatments where people get stung on purpose, » Gobert said.

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