James Harden Was Filmed Hanging Out At Strip Club Potentially Violating NBA Covid-19 Protocols Before Missing Houston Rockets’ First Practice

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James Harden and the Houston Rockets are starting off the season on the wrong foot.

The Rockets superstar, who reportedly requested a trade this offseason, apparently missed the team’s first practice on Saturday after NBA’s coronavirus protocol prevented him from joining his teammates.

Via ESPN

Disgruntled Houston Rockets star James Harden did not participate in the team’s first practice of training camp Sunday because of the NBA’s COVID-19 protocols, coach Stephen Silas said.

Silas said that Harden is expected to have an individual workout at the Toyota Center on Sunday evening, but the first-year coach said he has not had recent communication with the perennial All-Star guard.

Harden, who sources say has expressed a desire to be traded to the Brooklyn Nets, posted pictures on Instagram over the weekend that showed him attending rapper Lil Baby’s birthday party in Atlanta without wearing a face mask. The NBA required players to quarantine at home this week other than testing at team facilities, individual workouts and essential activities such as grocery shopping.

Instead of quarantining as required by the NBA, Harden was spotted at the strip club celebrating rapper Lil Baby’s birthday over the weekend.

Harden’s night out happened on the same day the NBA announced a ban on clubs/bars for players.

The NBA has not made a statement on Harden’s situation just yet.