James Harden Apologizes for Traffic Violation While Riding Scooter in China

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistJuly 1, 2019

Houston Rockets' James Harden (13) celebrates a basket against the Golden State Warriors during the first half in Game 6 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series, Friday, May 10, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
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Houston Rockets guard James Harden apologized for violating a traffic law during his trip to Shanghai after riding a scooter in an area where they are forbidden.

"China, thank you for your hospitality. I would like to apologize for violating traffic rules during my scooter ride today," Harden wrote on his Weibo account. "Not a good example obviously but I was just trying to enjoy the city as much as possible. Thank you for your understanding and I'll make sure to abide by the rules next time here."

The Shanghai police responded to Harden while trying to keep the situation light.

"Nothing can be accomplished without norms or standards. Hope you can play better and better in your future basketball matches and everyone will be safe on the road," the police wrote on Weibo.

Harden was in China as part of a promotional tour with Adidas, which included a beard-filled camp for kids. The Rockets guard was absent from the 2019 NBA Awards because of the trip despite being a finalist for league MVP. Giannis Antetokounmpo beat out Harden for the award.

China has cracked down on the use of scooters in restricted areas while also issuing more tickets to pedestrians in an effort to increase safety.

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