Daryl Morey fined for tampering via tweet about James Harden

76ers president Daryl Morey and Rockets star James Harden
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Amid James Harden-76ers trade rumors, 76ers president and former Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tweeted about Harden:

NBA:

The NBA announced today that it 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.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:

The new tampering rules supposedly allowed isolated comments by team officials praising opposing players. How on earth did this not qualify?

Whether or not you believe Morey’s explanation doesn’t really matter. Nobody could reasonably be bothered by his tweet, regardless. It was so harmless.

Meanwhile, more aggressive tampering goes unpunished.

This is what happens when tampering rules are vaguely fined and arbitrarily enforced.