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The Houston Rockets fined NBA star James Harden $50,000 after a video surfaced of him allegedly partying in a strip club without a mask.

The 31-year-old star player, who attended the party on Monday, Dec. 21, was in violation of the NBA’s health protocols, which forbids players from going into bars and nightclubs, or gathering in groups of more than 15 people.

The NBA canceled the Rocket's home opener against the Oklahoma City Thunder, after Harden's health code violation and several players tested positive, leaving the Rockets without the league-mandated eight players to play in a game.

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Harden tested negative for Covid-19, meaning he will be eligible to play on Saturday.

Harden responded to the misunderstanding on his Instagram page.

"One thing after another. I went to show love to my homegirl at her event (not a strip club) because she is becoming a boss and putting her people in position of success and now it's a problem.

"Everyday it's something different. No matter how many times people try to drag my name under you can't. The real always end up on top [sic]."

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James Harden (left) and Russell Westbrook (right) win the prize for the weirdest reason NBA players request a trade to another team.

The Houston Rockets superstars want out, in part because the team owner is a supporter of President Donald Trump.

According to TMZ, the entire organization is at odds with Tilman Fertitta because he's a Republican who supports Trump.

"What I heard is... that Tilman Fertitta’s strong Republican support and donations is one of the things that is contributing to this dissatisfaction," said NBA reporter Ric Bucher. "There is a revolt here because they look at Fertitta as a guy who supports the current President."

Twitter users mocked Harden and Westbrook for demanding to be traded for political reasons -- because there are few team owners who don't support Trump.

Maybe they would prefer to play overseas?

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Houston Rockets teammates James Harden (left) and Russell Westbrook both tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.

On Monday, Westbrook announced his positive test result on social media. Later that day, Elite Media reported that Harden had also tested positive.

Westbrook and Harden say they have no symptoms and they feel well. The majority of people with COVID-19 experience no symptoms or mild symptoms.

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Both players are expected to join their teammates at the NBA bubble in Orlando, Florida next week.

When they arrive in Orlando they will be quarantined until both players test negative twice.

Most of the team and staff have already arrived at the facility to begin workouts for the restart of the NBA season which was canceled amid the coronavirus outbreak in the US.

They are likely to miss the first game against Dallas.

On Monday, the NBA announced two other players tested positive. Both players are in 14-day quarantine away from the bubble.

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NBA superstar James Harden apologized to China on Monday for a tweet his general manager sent out on Friday. Unfortunately, his apology wasn't good enough.

The National Basketball League scrambled to get back on China's good side after the Chinese government blocked live broadcasts of NBA games on Monday. China was offended after Houston Rocket's general manager Daryl Morey tweeted that he chose democracy over Communism.

In the now-deleted tweet, Morey also supported Hong Kong, where pro-democracy demonstrators continue to protest in the streets against the pro-Chinese sector and the Hong Kong Police Force.

The Rockets are in Tokyo, Japan to play 2 pre-season exhibition games against NBA champions Toronto Raptors.

China banned live broadcasts of NBA pre-season games hours after Harden apologized for Morey's tweet.

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Harden, pictured left with teammate Russell Westbrook, said, "We apologize. You know, we love China. We love playing there. For both of us individually, we go there once or twice a year. They show us the most important love," Harden said.

He added: "We appreciate them as a fan base. We love everything there about them, and we appreciate the support that they give us individually and as [an] organization. We love you."

The Chinese government was further disappointed when NBA commissioner Adam Silver insisted he wouldn't gag owners or players from speaking their minds.

"The NBA will not put itself in a position of regulating what players, employees and team owners say or will not say on these issues. We simply could not operate that way," Silver said in a statement on Tuesday.

Morey's tweet resulted in the NBA losing advertisers and lucrative sponsorships, including Tiffany's jewelry.

The normally very opinionated NBA superstar LeBron James has so far remained silent on the controversy.

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James Harden, pictured left with Russell Westbrook, personally apologized to China after the Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey tweeted that he supports democracy - not communism.

Morey sparked controversy by saying he supported Hong Kong in a since-deleted tweet that has resulted in the team losing sponsorships and TV deals, according to Yahoo News.

Morey's tweet, "Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong", was in support of the semi-autonomous country that is the scene of protests and widespread civil unrest.

James Harden, one of the NBA's biggest superstars, apologized to China on Monday.

The Rockets are currently in Tokyo, Japan for 2 preseason games against the NBA's defending champions Toronto Raptors.

Harden, with teammate Westbrook by his side, spoke to the Japanese press on Monday:

"We apologize. You know, we love China. We love playing there. For both of us individually, we go there once or twice a year. They show us the most important love," Harden said.

"We appreciate them as a fan base. We love everything there about them, and we appreciate the support that they give us individually and as [an] organization. We love you."

Some NBA fans supported Harden and the Rockets, but others were furious at the superstar's apparent anti-democracy stance.

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Carmelo Anthony and his guest attended the Valentino Menswear Spring/Summer 2019 fashion show as part of Paris Fashion Week in Paris, France on Wednesday. As you know, Carmelo and his longtime baby mama, La La Anthony, parted ways after she learned of his extramarital affair and new baby.

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