A video of James Harden involved in a fight outside a casino has gone viral
One of the 76ers’ stars appears to have chosen to go on vacation as the team gets ready for its Eastern Conference Semifinal series against the Celtics.
James Harden gets into fight outside a casino in Las Vegas, video goes viral
Early on Monday, James Harden was seen in front of the Flamingo Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The Philadelphia guard and a man he believed to be a part of his crew got into a brief argument, according to a video obtained by TMZ Sports, at around 1:25 a.m. local time. According to TMZ Sports, Harden looked to give the man a mild blow to the face, but the two quickly worked things out and continued with their night as usual.
Less than 48 hours had passed since the Sixers’ 96-88 victory over the Nets in Game 4 on Saturday before Harden’s travel to Las Vegas. Philadelphia players received a few additional days off after sweeping Brooklyn, and the vacation was prolonged even further after Atlanta forced a Game 6 against Boston this week.
Nothing indicates that Harden broke any regulations during his trip. He didn’t miss a single practice or team activity all week, according to PhillyVoice. Between Game 4 against the Nets on Saturday and Game 1 against the Celtics on Monday, the Sixers will have eight full days of rest.
Nah they caught James harden smacking someone outside a Las Vegas hotel pic.twitter.com/u1cKqNwnui
— Shannonnn sharpes Burner (PARODY Account) (@shannonsharpeee) April 28, 2023
Is James Harden in trouble?
Even though Harden’s reputation for partying makes the situation worse than it already is, it’s unlikely that the league will take any action against him, especially since no formal complaint was made. In the footage, Harden makes eye contact with the guy filming, who makes an effort to maintain composure.
Harden reportedly knew he was being recorded, according to sources who were present at the hotel’s entryway, according to TMZ Sports. Perhaps that’s just the way Harden gets along with his friends, but what if he hadn’t known the recording was taking place?
This is not the first controversy for Harden.
Harden has caused controversy with his off-court decisions before. He was penalised $50,000 by the Rockets in December 2020 after a video showed him enjoying himself in a Houston nightclub during the COVID-19 outbreak.
In the series against Brooklyn, Harden wasn’t at his best, scoring 17.3 points per game on just 34.3 per cent of his shots. He also had 8.8 assists per game on average, which was slightly less than his 10.7 season average. On Monday night, Game 1 of the second-round series between the 76ers and Celtics will be played in Boston.