The Philadelphia 76ers, once a legendary basketball franchise, have been reduced to laughing stock over the last three years.
The 4-33 Sixers are on track to register the worst season in NBA history, not just franchise history. But their woes are not restricted to the court. A few months back, rookie Jahlil Okafor got into a nasty brawl with a heckler outside a nightclub in Boston.
Now, Okafor and Kendall Marshall’s fathers have embarrassed their sons by insinuating that their coach Brett Brown favors white players.
It all started when Marshall’s father, Dennis, hinted that Canadian sophomore Nik Stauskas (a white player) didn’t deserve so much playing time. “I always said there was racism in sports,” Marshall Sr. tweeted on an account, which is now deleted. “How are you (Stauskas) a ‘shooter’ and shooting 27 percent from three? Can’t guard but play a lot. What do you think the reason is?”
After Monday’s 100-99 victory over Minnesota Timberwolves, Marshall shot down his father’s opinion about the Sixers coach. “That’s not coming out of my mouth. That’s not my social media. He’s a grown man. It was obviously the wrong time and place to say it, but he said it. He’s apologized for it since,” said Kendall Marshall, refuting to agree with his dad’s views.
Marshall Sr. apologized a little later. “I am ashamed and embarrassed by my actions. I have sent a letter of apology to the Sixers,” Dennis wrote on Twitter.
Okafor’s father, Chuck, was accused on Twitter by fans for heckling coach Brett Brown from behind the bench during the team’s loss Saturday to Los Angeles Clippers.
However, Okafor Jr. wasn’t impressed with his father’s actions. “I don’t know why you guys worry about my dad. He’s not in the NBA. He’s not on the team.”
“We all love our children,” 76ers coach Brett Brown said with a laugh after the controversy died down. Clearly, the Philadelphia 76ers is a sinking ship that desperately needs a savior.
— Dan Gelston (@APgelston) January 5, 2016