Fact check: The NBA did not threaten to “never play again” unless Trump resigns – Reuters

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A story circulated by social media users makes the claim that the National Basketball Association (NBA) asked U.S. President Donald Trump to resign, stating that otherwise the league would “never play again.” This claim is untrue and originally stems from a satirical article.

Reuters Fact Check. REUTERS/Axel Schmidt

Examples of the claim are visible bit.ly/3gAZvZi and bit.ly/3gDpbV9 .

The stories on social media state the that NBA recently suspended its season, given positive cases of COVID-19 among some of its players. The article adds, however, that anonymous sources had purportedly confirmed “that a league shutdown has been in the making for months and that they were simply looking for a good excuse to shut it all down.”

Further down, the story says that players, “led by Washington Generals All-Star Power Forward Art Tubolls, held a secret vote prior to the beginning of the season to suspend the league for any credible reason until President Donald Trump resigns from office or is voted out.”

Art Tubolls is not a real person

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