An article shared on Facebook claims the NBA told President Donald Trump to “resign or we’ll never play again.”
There is no evidence that NBA players voted to suspend the season until Trump leaves office. The article originated on a satire news website.
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The NBA indefinitely suspended the 2019-2020 season on March 11 after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert became the primary known NBA player to check positive for CO##D-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus.
SCE News published a piece of writing on March 23 that claims the NBA suspended the season, not due to the CO#ID-19 pandemic, but rather because Trump remains in office. It cites anonymous sources who supposedly confirmed that the suspension “has been within the making for months which they were simply trying to find an honest excuse to shut it all down.”
“The players, led by Washington Generals All-Star Power Forward Art Tubolls, held a secret vote before the start of the season to suspend the league for any credible reason until President Donald Trump resigns from office or is voted out,” reads the article. “Since much of the league is formed from Hollywood actor and musician wannabes, these millionaire crybabies overwhelmingly voted to approve the measure.”
There is, however, no evidence that NBA players secretly voted to suspend games until Trump leaves office. The story actually comes from Bustatroll.org, a parody news website that describes itself as a part of a network that publishes “parody, satire, and tomfoolery.” Yet, while Bustatroll.org disclaims the satirical nature of its content, SCE News and other websites fail to form that distinction, portraying it as real.
During a recent NBA Board of Governors meeting, commissioner Adam Silver said the league is “not during a position to form any decisions” about when games could resume, ESPN reported.