Somehow, it keeps getting worse for Jahlil Okafor.
Last week, while the Philadelphia 76ers were in Boston to take on the Celtics, Okafor – the third overall pick in June’s NBA Draft – got into a scuffle with a heckler outside of a bar. According to ESPN, the man involved in the altercation said something along the lines of “The 76ers suck and you guys are all losers. You’ll never win a game,” and Okafor responded by punching him. So, uh, at least he has team spirit?
Of course, TMZ posted video of the fight, and in the days that followed, reports also surfaced that Okafor had previously tried use a fake I.D. to get into a bar (he says it never happened) and had recently been issued two driving citations – including one for going 108 mph. More seriously, witnesses also said the 19-year-old rookie had a gun pulled on him during an altercation with two men in Philadelphia’s Old City neighborhood.
So how could this get any worse? Well, on Wednesday, TMZ released a second video, this one showing Okafor getting into another fight on that fateful night in Boston – and this time, things got serious. While the camera momentarily cuts away from the altercation, a witness told TMZ that Okafor was responsible for hitting the man – seen lying on the ground in need of medical attention at the end of the clip – with “a haymaker.” Boston Police are reportedly investigating the incident and charges are likely to be filed.
In wake of all that, Okafor will be accompanied by a security guard whenever he goes out, per the 76ers’ requests. But, hey, it’s not all bad: Last night, the Sixers broke their record-setting 28-game losing streak by beating the Los Angeles Lakers 103-91. Okafor chipped in 12 points and 5 rebounds and, as far as we know, did not punch anyone.