Jahlil Okafor on Incident: ‘It Was Dumb and Embarrassing’
Philadelphia 76ers center Jahlil Okafor has addressed his actions Thanksgiving Eve in Boston.
He won't be suspended for them, he won't be charged, nor arrested for them, either.
Speaking to Sixers reporters in Houston, Okafor admitted "that's not who I am."
Okafor, 19, got into an altercation outside a Boston nightclub after the team's sixteenth consecutive loss of the season to the Celtics. Teammate Christian Wood, also a rookie, was with Okafor at the time of the incident.
“It was definitely dumb on my part. It’s something that I am embarrassed about, (we’re) still dealing with the league and the team. But I’m not happy about it at all," Okafor said.
This latest incident involving Okafor has led to more criticism surrounding general manager Sam Hinkie's process of stockpiling assets and implementing his bad only to get good years down the line philosophy.
The Sixers are the youngest team in the NBA with only one player, Carl Landry, over the age of 24. Obviously, additional veterans in the locker room wouldn't have prevented this incident from happening, but they would go a long way in teaching this young team the professionalism required for playing in the NBA.
Okafor is scheduled to play Friday night in Houston.