NBA fines Daryl Morey $50,000 for James Harden tweet

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Even congratulatory tweets among former coworkers apparently constitute tampering in the NBA.

The league announced Monday that it has fined Philadelphia 76ers president of basketball operations Daryl Morey $50,000 for violating the league’s anti-tampering rule over a since-deleted social media post the former Houston Rockets GM made earlier this month regarding potential trade target James Harden.

On Dec. 20, Morey retweeted a Twitter memory of the one-year anniversary of Harden breaking the Rockets’ franchise record for assists. He deleted the post a few minutes later and informed the league it was an automated tweet from his account.

Still, with the Sixers among several teams in discussions with Houston for a possible trade involving the eight-time All-Star, the NBA decided the post constituted a tampering violation.

Another deleted tweet by Morey in October 2019 sparked financial problems for the NBA regarding its relationship with China. He had posted support for anti-government protesters in Hong Kong, causing CCTV, China’s state broadcaster, to stop showing NBA games for one year.

The NBA lost between $150 million and $200 million in revenue, according to ESPN, in lost sponsorships and TV coverage.

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