Rockets’ James Harden fined $60,000 by NBA for violating league’s health and safety protocols

Houston Rockets star James Harden has been $50,000 for violating the NBA’s health and safety protocols, the league announced on Wednesday night. Videos showing Harden at a party without a mask began circulating on social media on Wednesday morning, leading to a league investigation.

Though Harden tested negative for the coronavirus on Monday, Tuesday and again Wednesday, per ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne, he was made unavailable for the Rockets’ game against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night due to violating the league’s protocols. That game was eventually postponed because the Rockets did not have enough eligible players.

At this time it’s still unclear when Harden will be cleared to play. The Rockets are waiting to hear from the league on how long he will have to quarantine. Harden will lose his $284,000 game check for any contests he ends up missing, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.