Philadelphia 76ers President of Basketball Operations Daryl Morey was fined $50,000 by the NBA for violation of the league’s anti-tampering rule. The fine stems from a now-deleted December 20 tweet in which Morey celebrated the one-year anniversary of James Harden breaking the Rockets’ all-time assist record.
While on the surface the tweet, which Morey later said was sent out mistakenly via an automated application, may seem innocuous but steps into the realm of tampering due to the Harden trade demand/speculation has Philadelphia as a potential landing spot.
This is not the first time Morey’s Twitter account has gotten him in hot water with the NBA. Last year his tweet of support of protesters in Hong Kong drew the ire of the Chinese Government, the league, Rockets and even a certain royally monikered Laker.
Though it is interesting the league would drop the $50k hammer down on Morey, while last year they stood idly by while Anthony Davis, Klutch Sports and the Lakers openly flaunted their mockery of the tampering rules. Makes one wonder if these rules are selectively enforced.