By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Harden came under criticism on Wednesday morning, as a video circulated on social media. The video in question showed Harden at what appeared to be a strip club.
The superstar denied that he went to a strip club. And he even told the NBA investigators that he was visiting a friend, who had just started a business.
However, the league was not hearing it. After initially saying that he would serve a suspension for violating the protocols, Harden was hit with a $50,000 fine.
It’s unclear the fine was truly due to the visit despite Harden’s disagreement. The league also has protocols in place for how many people can be in a certain place at a certain time.
Harden was not wearing a mask when he was caught on video. He also appeared to receive a gift on the video with a woman close by him.
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The league wants to try to keep their season going with as little stoppages as possible. If they have to punish a player for not following through with their protocols, then the league has the right to do so.
Unfortunately with the NBA not using any bubbles — like they did from July through October near Orlando, Florida — it’s going to be tough to track all the players and their movements.
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