NBA hits Sixers' Daryl Morey with fine for Steph Curry tweet
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - The NBA Monday fined Philadelphia 76ers president of basketball operations Daryl Morey $75,000 for violating the league’s anti-tampering rule.
The fine is in response to Morey’s social media post last week regarding Warriors star Steph Curry. The 76ers also were fined 75,000 dollars for Morey’s conduct.
On Thursday, Morey tweeted a screenshot of Curry’s Instagram post praising his brother Seth after Seth’s 30-point performance in Philadelphia’s close-out game against the Washington Wizards in the first round of the playoffs. The text paired with the image read simply "join 'em."
Some on social media were quick to accuse Morey of tampering. In response, Morey was attempted to clarify his comments.
"My goodness folks I am talking about the fact that we are all thrilled [Seth Curry] is here with the [76ers] – nothing else!" he tweeted in a reply.
This is not the first time that Morey has been fined for a tweet.
Last year, the NBA fined Morey 50,000 dollars for a tweet congratulating James Harden, his former player, on the anniversary of a scoring milestone after Harden demanded a trade from Houston.
He also thrust the NBA into an economic crisis when he advocated for civil rights in China with a retweet.
Warriors still confident Curry will sign on
Steph, who still has one more year left on his five-year, 201-million-dollar contract, is eligible to sign an extension with the Warriors this offseason that would take him through his age-37 season.
Even after the Warriors missed the playoffs, all indications are that Steph will remain with the team for several years.
Warriors GM Bob Myers said during a postseason press conference last month that he is "pretty confident" Golden State will sign Curry to an extension this offseason.
Curry has said in recent years that he wants to finish his career with the Warriors, and that does not appear to change despite Golden State missing the playoffs for the second straight season.
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