Warriors’ Owner Fined By NBA Under Anti-Tampering Rule for Comments on Ben Simmons

Published 09/23/2021, 2:21 AM EDT
May 31, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons (25) reacts after the basket during the first quarter against the Washington Wizards during game four in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports


Teams and owners can go to any heights to acquire a player. Sometimes a little too far to get a player that they desire. However, the NBA has certain rules pertaining to tampering in the league. So, recently, the league fined Golden State Warriors owner, Joe Lacob, for his comments on Ben Simmons.

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The league is very strict about its anti-tampering policy. While teams can send in offers, no direct communication is allowed. Moreover, you cannot speak of a player directly in ways that may reveal your intentions. Hence, when Lacob spoke about Simmons, the NBA took notice.

May 26, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons (25) reacts after dunking the ball against the Washington Wizards during the first quarter of game two in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

But the situation is not what you may think.

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NBA fines Lacob for comments on Ben Simmons

In an interview, Lacob opened up about how the Warriors feel about Simmons. He said that the Bay has no plans to pursue a deal for the Philadelphia star. While being careful not to be fined, he referred to Simmons as ‘Defensive Player of the Year candidate in Philadelphia’.

While the law generally applies if teams try to hire certain players through unfair means, here it is the total opposite. Lacob spoke about how Simmons does not fit their plans and still received a fine from the league. But there is a right and a wrong to this.

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Firstly, the wrong side can be taken as him speaking about their plans to not acquire him. Hence, fining him under the anti-tampering rule seems a little out of place. An example is when Warriors’ Draymond Green was fined for saying that Devin Booker should move away from Phoenix. In that case, Green stated that he needs to move away from his current team. In this case, Lacob implied nothing about it.

Dec 23, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons (25) dribbles up court against the Washington Wizards during the third quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

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On the other hand, Lacob spoke about not pursuing Ben Simmons despite him being under contract. That is the basis of what tampering rules are devised over. The league strictly prohibits talking about players under contract, no matter what plans. So, despite the owner trying to avoid the fine, NBA did what was necessary right away.

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What are your opinions on the fine imposed by the NBA? Let us know in the comments below.

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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