It seems like an innocent use of social media, but Daryl Morey drew a fine for it anyway.
The NBA fined the Philadelphia 76ers president $50,000 for violating the league’s anti-tampering rule, the league announced Monday. The violation is for a tweet Morey shared on Dec. 20 that he quickly deleted.
Former #Rockets GM Daryl Morey was fined $50,000 for violating the NBA's anti-tampering rule. This was because of a "social media post Morey made on December 20 regarding the Houston Rockets' James Harden." pic.twitter.com/yYAAQC4den
— Alykhan Bijani (@Rockets_Insider) December 28, 2020
That post was an “On This Day” anniversary post from Dec. 20, 2019, when Morey was the Houston Rockets general manager. It has a photo of James Harden celebrating that he broke the franchise assist record set by Calvin Murphy.
Daryl Morey tryna tell us something? 🧐 pic.twitter.com/wevj6hGwWz
— Bleacher Report NBA (@BR_NBA) December 21, 2020
In the minutes that the post was live on Morey’s feed, 76ers fans went crazy thinking and hoping the executive would make a deal to get Harden in Philadelphia. Harden reportedly wants out of Houston and on to a team contending for a championship. At the time of the tweet, rumors were already going that a trade could happen given Morey’s history with the star. It was also days before the new season tipped off.
The NBA has also fined Harden already this season for a separate incident. He was docked $50,000, the same amount as Morey, for violating the league’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols. Harden was seen at an event — reportedly a strip club, which Harden denied in a quickly deleted Instagram story — without a mask and missed the scheduled season opener due to contact tracing. The game was postponed because of a multiple coronavirus-related issues.
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