The NBA fined Daryl Morey, president of basketball operations for the Philadelphia 76ers, $ 75,000 for violating the league’s tampering rule on Monday.
The team was fined the same amount.
The league imposed the fine after reviewing a Twitter post by Morey on June 3. Morey shared an Instagram post from Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry praising the game of his brother, Seth Curry, a Sixers guard. Morey added the comment “join them”.
Stephen Curry, a two-time NBA MVP and three-time NBA champion, will become a free agent in 2022. In the 2020-21 season, at age 33, he led the league in scoring with 32 points and added 5.8 assists and a career-high 5.5 rebounds per game.
The same day Morey tweeted, he sought to clarify his comment with another post that read, “OMG folks, I’m talking about the fact that we’re all excited. [Seth Curry] is here with the @sixers, nothing more! “
This isn’t the first time Morey’s tweets have gotten him into trouble.
Former Houston Rockets general manager Morey was fined $ 50,000 for violating the anti-tampering rule in December after referencing then-Rockets star James Harden before being traded to the Brooklyn Nets.
He also sparked controversy in October 2019 when his tweet about pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong sparked reprimand from the Chinese Basketball Association. That led several Chinese companies to suspend business with the NBA over Morey’s comment, as well as the league’s support for Morey’s right to free speech.
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