The NBA shut down CNN’s Christina Macfarlane after she attempted to question Houston Rockets stars James Harden and Russell Westbrook if this week’s events make them feel differently about speaking out in the future:

You can’t really hear it in that video, but the spokesman told her the players would answer basketball questions only:

Why is this reporter for The Athletic defending the NBA here?

She never did get an answer:


We’ve gone from “Shut up and dribble!” being a slur to “Shut up and report on how we’re dribbling” as standard operating procedure.


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