Jahlil Okafor, the rookie Center, has been suspended two games effective immediately, the Philadelphia 76ers announced Wednesday.
Okafor’s suspension comes barely hours after TMZ released a second video of his fight outside a Boston nightclub last week. The initial video of the skirmish was posted last Thursday. According to TMZ, Okafor could face a lawsuit in the near future.
“Jahlil is a very important part of our organization and our future,” Philadelphia 76ers said in a statement. “While we are disappointed with his recent actions, we have faith in him as a valued member of the Sixers. We will provide the necessary resources to support him on his journey and will do our part to help him succeed both on and off the court.”
Okafor, the third overall draft in the 2015 NBA Draft, will miss Wednesday’s away game in New York and Saturday’s home game against the Denver Nuggets.
Brett Brown, the Sixers coach, rued Wednesday that the star rookie’s initial explanation of the brawl to the team did not reveal all of the details. “The details, the further details that came out surprise me, surprised us,” Brown said ahead of the Sixers-Knicks game. “As far as the play-by-play of what happened, he did not go into that. Today we learned more. And the thing I do say is that when I spent time with Jahlil in his room today, he’s ashamed, he’s embarrassed. And this has caught him off guard.”
Okafor, who will turn 20 on December 15, was caught on camera engaging in a brawl with an alleged heckler outside a nightclub last Thursday. After the victim filed a report with Boston Police Department, authorities urged the other possible victims to come forward.
The latest videos released by TMZ appear to show two different scuffles. “There have been mistakes that have been made, he does own it,” Brown rued. “And nobody is proud of this right now. So we will support him, he is ours and we will move on. Nobody is taking this anything else but extremely serious.”