James Harden Under Fire Over His Mask

James Harden is catching heat over the design of his coronavirus protective gear.

Houston Rockets star James Harden was spotted in Orlando wearing a face covering that appeared to feature a pro-law enforcement graphic.

Twitter users immediately blasted Harden for wearing a mask covered with the "thin blue line" flag, a controversial symbol that's displayed in support for officers.

The thin blue line flag is widely associated with Blue Lives Matter, a dismissive response to the Black Lives Matter movement.

"It feels akin to a Confederate flag," Melina Abdullah, a co-founder of the BLM Los Angeles chapter, told Politico.

Harden only wore the mask because it was long enough to cover his beard and was unaware of the "Blue Lives Matter" connections, he just wore it because he said he "thought" the mask "looked cool,"Alykhan Bijani of The Athletic NBA reported.

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