NBA Houston Rockets superstar James Harden was recently stopped by the police for allegedly violating traffic rules in Shanghai while on a promotional tour.
The 29-year-old athlete was spotted by many on the streets of Shanghai riding his electric scooter.
However, what really caught peoples’ attention was the part of the video when Harden is pulled over by the cops for a traffic violation. According to South China Morning Post, he was traveling from the Shangri-La Hotel to Cao Yang Road at around 3 p.m. on Saturday.
#NBA superstar James Harden (@JHarden13) gets stopped by traffic cop in Shanghai, much to the enjoyment of netizens. Also, gets schooled on the correct way to ride a scooter in China. https://t.co/DkDvTPUGhH pic.twitter.com/ed3wH5pxKu
— People’s Daily, China (@PDChina) July 1, 2019
Twitter posts show Harden, who can be seen on an electric scooter without a helmet, speaking to a traffic police officer. It’s unclear what got Harden into trouble in the first place as conflicting reports suggest he was either riding on the wrong side of the road or that one of his companions was riding pillion, Shanghaiist reported.
— 火星迷 (@wangliangzi) June 29, 2019
It wasn’t exactly clear if the NBA superstar was given a traffic citation or if the officer even knew who Harden was, but reports claimed that the police confiscated his electric scooter.
NBA star James Harden was driving in Shanghai and…stopped by traffic police🤣🤣🤣 Not sure if he had to pay a fine👀
— Gavin Feng (@gavinfeng97) June 29, 2019
Harden was in China as part of an Adidas promotional tour, according to the reports. He also met fans at the Beijing University of Technology on Saturday and conducted a basketball clinic with his other fans at the Tianhe Sports Centre in Guangzhou the next day.
James Harden has been in China these days sponsored by Adidas. He wore a Peking Opera costume and shot his trademark step-back 3. As last year, he promised to Chinese fans that he will bring the Larry O’Brien trophy to Houston. Rockets is still the most popular NBA team in China. pic.twitter.com/5x6kwM51gC
— Titan Sports Plus (@titan_plus) June 24, 2019
After the incident, Harden took to China’s Weibo later that day to issue a public apology to his fans.
“China, thank you for your hospitality,” the basketball superstar wrote in his Weibo post. “I would like to apologize for violating traffic rules during my scooter ride today. 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.”
Featured image via Weibo