Houston Rockets superstar James Harden drew criticism on Thursday after being seen in a controversial mask, which is associated with the “Blue Lives Matter” movement.
On Friday, the guard offered clarification on the infamous mask.
James Harden said wearing this mask — associated with "Blue Lives Matter" — was not meant to make a political statement. He said he wore it because it covers his beard and wasn't aware of the association. https://t.co/tz2EsAbs6h
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) July 17, 2020
Harden, 30, has been in the news a lot lately. He arrived late to the NBA bubble in Orlando, Fla.
Now, with Harden clearing up the air on the mask and being present in the bubble, he is focusing his efforts on capturing a championship.
The generational talent is putting up 34.4 points, 7.4 assists and 6.4 rebounds per game this season. The Rockets are the No. 6 seed in the Western Conference.
The 2019-20 campaign continues later this month. The Rockets resume their season against the Dallas Mavericks on July 31.