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NBA: Sixers president fined $50,000 for violating tampering rule

/ 08:28 AM December 29, 2020
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The NBA fined Philadelphia 76ers’ President of Basketball Operations Daryl Morey $50,000 on Monday for violating its anti-tampering rule after he posted a message about Houston Rockets shooting guard James Harden on social media.

Morey, who was Houston’s general manager before he joined the 76ers in November, fueled speculation about a trade for Harden when on Dec. 20 he posted a memory of one of the former league MVP’s individual accomplishments from last year.

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The since deleted tweet, which some dismissed as nothing more than Morey reminiscing about one of his former players, was posted days before the 2020-21 season tipped off and amid rumors of trade talks between the two teams.

“The NBA… has fined Daryl Morey, Philadelphia 76ers President of Basketball Operations, $50,000 for violating the league’s anti-tampering rule. The fine is in response to a since deleted social media post Morey made on December 20 regarding the Houston Rockets’ James Harden,” the NBA said in a statement.

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It is not the first time a post from Morey stirred the pot as he tweeted his support for pro-democracy demonstrators in a since-deleted October 2019 post that included an image captioned: “Fight For Freedom. Stand With Hong Kong.”

In the aftermath of Morey’s politically sensitive tweet, China’s state-run television network stopped airing NBA games while corporate partners in the country scrapped or suspended relations with the NBA.

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