James Harden attended a maskless Christmas party with strippers after the incident involving Jae’Sean Tate, Black Sports Online reports.
According to reports, if the NBA finds the video is recent, it would be a violation of the league’s COVID-19 protocols and Harden could face punishment, including a warning, fine and/or suspension.
The NBA’s COVID-19 protocols prohibit players from going to bars, lounges or clubs and from participating in social gatherings of more than 15 people.
Source: Rockets are working with NBA office to review video of James Harden at a strip club. If the video circulating on social media is verified to be recent, it is a violation of league's COVID protocols, which would put Harden's availability for tonight's opener in jeopardy.
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Harden issued a statement on Instagram on Wednesday saying “everyday it’s something different” and the event was not at a strip club.
“One thing after another. I went to show love to my homegirl at her event (not a strip club) because she is becoming a boss and putting her people in position of success and now it’s a problem,” Harden said in the post. “Everyday it’s something different. No matter how many times people try to drag my name under you can’t. The real always end on top.”