NBA Star Turns Down Record-Setting Salary Over Team Owner Supporting Trump

Houston Rockets point guard James Harden has reportedly declined a record-setting payday with his current team, because owner Tilman Fertitta is a Republican Trump supporter. 

Harden allegedly rejected an offer for an astonishing $50 million a year to extend his three-year contract with the Rockets. The massive pay bump would have made him the first NBA player to ever earn such an astronomical salary in the league’s history.

The Rocket’s guard currently rakes in nearly $38.3 million a year, just trailing the current highest paid player, Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry, who brings in just over $40.2 million annually.  

For Harden, money is apparently not the issue, a championship and politics are. The star player is reportedly seeking a trade to the Brooklyn Nets, where powerhouses Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving are trying to recruit him to their super team.  

But playing for a ring isn’t Harden’s only motivation to move on, according to “The Odd Couple” sports podcast. NBA reporter Ric Bucher initially thought Harden was seeking a new home because of the Rocket’s diminishing talent level, but found out the baller is dissatisfied that the owner is a Trump donor. 

“We know how much politics and political position had to do with the boycott and protests during the Bubble — I’m hearing that Tilman Fertitta’s strong Republican support and donations is one of the things that is contributing to this dissatisfaction,” Bucher remarked.

Fertitta donated more than $100k to Republican organizations in 2020, with three separate $35,000 contributions to the National Republican Senatorial Committee, the Republican National Committee, and the “Trump Victory” campaign.  

After a heavily politicized season plagued by Black Lives Matter protests and player boycotts, it’s unsurprising that liberal players would rebel against a conservative team owner. Russell Westbrook, who currently is the second highest player in the NBA, has also requested a trade.   

“[Westbrook and Harden] are not the only ones to want out of Houston,” Bucher noted. “Lesser players are of the same mind. There is a revolt here because they look at Fertitta as a guy who supports the current President.”

 

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Robert Taylor
Robert Taylor
9 days ago

Just another nobody wanting to get his name in the news. I don’t watch sports since the first fist wave years ago during the olympics. If you do not like this country the freedom won by our military gives you the absolute right to leave and take a few more with you. Then start your own country.

Ollie Octopus
Ollie Octopus
9 days ago
Reply to  Robert Taylor

The NBA is full of 75 IQ idiots who make money with their brawn and not their brain.

H.D.
H.D.
9 days ago
Reply to  Ollie Octopus

I think you are over estimating their intellectual accomplishments.

kappelvo
kappelvo
9 days ago
Reply to  Ollie Octopus

It is because other idiots made them rich. Boycot and let’s them starve, then wait and see.

TRUMP 2021

Eliot
Eliot
9 days ago
Reply to  kappelvo

Post of the Day

Eliot
Eliot
9 days ago
Reply to  Ollie Octopus

Look at what Shamu could do with a “ball” and all he got paid was dead fish!!!!!!!!!!

Stephen Norman
Stephen Norman
9 days ago
Reply to  Robert Taylor

Don’t forget the fact this mutt is underprivileged, has an awful life of wondering where to eat next.
These whining azwipes need some sense – but they can’t get past the fact they are black.

jjjjj
jjjjj
8 days ago
Reply to  Robert Taylor

Oh Robert, if only they would.

speedle
speedle
9 days ago

I’m not surprised. Harden is a selfish loser and there is no reason to think he has any political sense either. Good luck to whomever signs this chump.

Tom Brown
Tom Brown
9 days ago

It really doesn’t matter. The NBA could soon be the former NBA, couldn’t they?

Len
Len
9 days ago
Reply to  Tom Brown

National Blah Association.

Ollie Octopus
Ollie Octopus
9 days ago
Reply to  Tom Brown

I don’t watch them but have heard attendance, even on TV, is way down. They could be headed for bankruptcy.

kappelvo
kappelvo
9 days ago
Reply to  Tom Brown

Can’t wait to see this happen . fta .

TRUMP 2021

jjjjj
jjjjj
8 days ago
Reply to  Tom Brown

Don’t most of the NBA players want to leave the U.S.? I think that is a great idea. How soon will they leave?

downing hitt
downing hitt
9 days ago

does anyone care-will not be watching nba-these girls have sore knees it is awful the way they are treated in the usa-thje road is open-leave

Robyn
Robyn
9 days ago

Well you know how some people will cut off their nose to spite their face! Not all people that play sports are the brightest bulbs! This guy just shows it! I never heard of him any wsy!

Chris
Chris
9 days ago

Who cares??? I sure a Hades don’t…let him go and ‘know himself’…in the bbiblical sense of the infinitive ‘to know’…Get a REAL job and STFU,GTFA and STFA!!!

Bernie 99
Bernie 99
9 days ago

Does anybody care what an African Volleyball player thinks?

Len
Len
9 days ago
Reply to  Bernie 99

Brilliant!

downing hitt
downing hitt
9 days ago

u have not left yet-watch that door knob-make like leaf-just leave

Bill
Bill
9 days ago

Sounds like a lot of $ will be wasted the guy is too stupid . . . he will be broke 2 yrs after done with bball

Len
Len
9 days ago
Reply to  Bill

Drive by shooting?

Bucky
9 days ago

So what, ain’t worth a dime as a middle class worker. Far as I’m concerned he can eat shit and die

Len
Len
9 days ago
Reply to  Bucky

SMH!

Allan
Allan
9 days ago

The only reason to pay these fools such astronomical amounts of money, is that there are millions of other fools who pay good money to watch them play.

Len
Len
9 days ago
Reply to  Allan

The pool of fools are getting smaller and smaller

Stephen Norman
Stephen Norman
9 days ago
Reply to  Len

After all the lockdowns, who will have the disposable income to go watch a bunch of overpaid corn dogs?

jjjjj
jjjjj
8 days ago
Reply to  Len

Sure is thanks to the stupid behavior of some of the players and owners. Some foolish people eventually wake up.

Suesja
9 days ago

Why??

Karen
Karen
9 days ago

Seriously, who cares?

Len
Len
9 days ago

He is probably getting back door pay from his masters the Chinese. His hatred is blinding him, let him, who cares. NBA and NFL is scraping the bottom of the ratings anyway.

Poor White Boy
9 days ago

Good get rid of the piece of trash.There are plenty of US Patriots that can take a ball and throw it around as well of better then this bitter hate filled racist scum. He makes the kind of money he does because of Trumps’s policies a free market and a market and capitalism. You want a third world country go back to Africa, plenty of them there.

catnip
catnip
9 days ago

Good! Maybe he doesn’t realize that many people that use to watch ARE Trump supporters who don’t watch pro sports anymore!

Poor White Boy
9 days ago
Reply to  catnip

We have been done with sport ever since they gave that USA hating muslim Colin yes Colin any attention for his hate for the country that gave him millions for playing with his balls

ronald paul dassel
ronald paul dassel
9 days ago

you just cannot make this stupid stuff up. but please go to new york. 50 million in texas is the same as 55 million just on the basis of state income tax. throw on some city taxes to boot. and you are looking at needing a 60 million to break even. to finish it out biden’s tax increases. remember 50 cent didn’t want to be 20 cent… fools!

cher
cher
9 days ago

he does not deserve that much to bounce a ball. and the last time i heard, this country gives us the right to like or dislike someone how ever we choose. if he wants to act like a hateful libby, dem, commie then that’s his problem.

marteremall
marteremall
9 days ago

so what, these blmings are jumpin off the cliff en masse

Donna
Donna
9 days ago

Never watched basketball…never will…..not cool spoiled hypocrite.

Honest Abe
Honest Abe
9 days ago

Don’t watch pro ball teams. A bunch of overpaid prima donnas. Swore off pro sports when Krappernick started kneeling for National Anthem. Where else could these jackasses go and make that kind of money doing something that they like to do? Burn, Loot .Murder just made it worse

P W
P W
9 days ago

Harden is now vying for the biggest moron on the planet award, I hope he takes solace in the fact that Joe Biden would be the alternative and that he has dementia. So you will only work for someone if they are a Biden supporter James? Guess what, no one on the planet with a brain is a Biden supporter, not even people in the Democrat Party think Biden is worth a damn. Somebody makes a ton of money for putting a ball through a hoop and they become the morality police of society, God are we in trouble in our society now.

Donna
Donna
9 days ago

What an idiot !!! Does he think little action will hurt ANYONE ? President Trump ? Not a sports fan, as many are not, but this guy is a GLORY HOUND ………….

nailedem
nailedem
9 days ago

2020 ÷ 666 = 3.0330 —> (“Joe 30330”)… Coincidence?

pete
pete
9 days ago

Probably never went to class in college. For sure never enrolled in a good American history class. Just believes what he is told by the media (fake).

Yvonne
Yvonne
9 days ago

LOL, talk about “ cutting of the nose to spite the face”, 😄😄😄

Ginger
Ginger
9 days ago

With all of the money that the NBA lost this year due to a lack of viewers, I think it’s great that these arrogant players want to leave. Let them leave, then bring in some new blood. This is a great opportunity for these teams to recruit good guys from college who would love to have an opportunity to get on a professional sports team.

Sus
Sus
9 days ago

If his team was winning he would not leave. I call bull s__t!

Stephane
9 days ago

One cannot expect a “””ball player”””” to play with all his marbles. The Michael Jordan, Kareem Abdul Jebbar etc do not happen all the time. There are to be stupid ones. I have seen so many “”Pinacle RINGS” in pawn shops….
But, when one makes 38 and some MILLIONS a year, one cannot spend that much in one year. CAN ONE???

Phil
Phil
9 days ago

You can see the same kind of playing at the monkey cage in the zoo.

Jane Stacy
9 days ago

good your an idiot could have taken money and helped your own people you know the ones who have it so bad

Eliot
Eliot
9 days ago

That’s great because they are ALL overpaid to begin with!!!!!!!!!
I’m 67, live in an NBA city, and have NEVER been to an NBA basketball game…
and it hasn’t impacted or affected my life in the least!!!!!!
I encourage all Americans to do the same!!!!
(At the risk of getting crucified here, I believe overpriced professional sports is probably the biggest most INSIGNIFICANT aspect of our lives AND biggest waste of time AND MONEY in this country if not the world!!!! )

Peter Smith
Peter Smith
9 days ago

James Harden is a disgusting frigging monkey. Houston will all the better without his worthless black ass ….. HIS black life doesn’t matter.

Allen
Allen
9 days ago

Ah, who cares?

stevo
stevo
9 days ago

does anyone watch these overpaid tall garbage men?their ratings were down 60% when they started the blm crap!maybe he should go to chicago where he’d have to have a armored car to drive him around as he’s afraid of getting shot!

Gene Ralno
Gene Ralno
9 days ago

I’d guess this is another NBA meathead with zero education. His high school and college records mention nothing from the scholastic side and everything from the basketball side. For what it’s worth, he declared for the draft after two years of college.

He’s already a millionaire and funded for life so who cares. As a postscript, NBA, NFL and MLB revenues already are plummeting due to un-American postures. These geniuses have polluted the waters for all those who aspired to such high levels of athleticism.

srw
srw
9 days ago

These “athletics ” are more loyal Communist China than they are to this country. Communist China where all their goods they sell with these so called stars name and logo are on…. ALL DONE BY SLAVE LABOR…

jjjjj
jjjjj
8 days ago

Send him on his way. He’s has no business telling the owner who to support politically. TELL HIM GOODBYE AND DON’T LET THE DOOR HIT YOUR BEHIND! I could care less about basketball, they lost me as a fan when the players became the left’s mouth piece thinking we gave a hoot about their opinions; we don’t.. The Nets, really?

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