Adam Silver on not suspending James Harden: ‘It’s Christmas. It was a first offense’

The NBA fined Rockets star James Harden $ 50,000 for violating the league's coronavirus protocols.
Why wasn't Harden suspended?
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver on ESPN:
The precedent is for discipline to be tightened. And it's Christmas. It was a first offense.
The whole point of the NBA's coronavirus logs is to prevent players from contracting the virus and spreading it.
However, Harden had a coronavirus this summer. As a result, it is particularly unlikely to get infected with the virus and spread it again. One researcher said making antibodies from a coronavirus case was akin to an "effective vaccine" in terms of preventing re-infection.
So it's not that dangerous for Harden to party without a mask.
In normal times he would obviously have the right. (Arriving late at training camp to celebrate instead is a different matter.) And the reason for the players' limitation doesn't really apply to him right now, at least not based on science.
Harden violated the protocols approved by the players' union. He was therefore fined. Especially while Harden tries to be traded, he's not a personable figure either.
Good thing Silver doesn't bow to a lot of people who want Harden to be punished harder just to make them feel better.
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