It looks like Joel Embiid’s public feud with NBA helicopter dad LaVar Ball will cost the Sixers’ center $10,000.
The NBA announced Saturday it will fine Embiid $10,000 for “using inappropriate language on social media,” and though the league didn’t announce the exact offense, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out he’s being punished for saying, “Fuck LaVar Ball” on Instagram last week.
Joel Embiid has been fined, presumably for "F— LaVar Ball" comment. pic.twitter.com/wGQuQ4eFdP
— Jeremy Woo (@JeremyWoo) July 8, 2017
Here’s the video that almost certainly got Embiid in trouble:
"Man, fuck LaVar Ball."
— Peter Laviolette (@fakelavy) July 5, 2017
Yeah, he’s probably not the only person out there who’s wanted to say that.
Embiid’s tiff with LaVar began the night of the NBA Draft, when Embiid tweeted his desire for someone (maybe himself!) to dunk all over Ball’s son Lonzo. LaVar responded by calling Embiid fragile and later insulted the center’s vocabulary and intelligence.
Please dunk on him so hard that his daddy runs on the court to save him.. https://t.co/cMvt5RYiSQ
— Joel Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) June 22, 2017
Emiid is probably the NBA’s most exciting social-media presence, and it’s a bit sad to see him punished for it. Having been fined five figures for being his bombastic, hilarious self, you have to imagine he’ll consider toning things down moving forward.
The world is a better place when Joel Embiid is tweeting and Instagramming his heart out. Hopefully the NBA doesn’t scare him so much that he stops.