Victim of a fractured right eye socket and a concussion, after receiving an elbow from Pascal Siakam (Toronto Raptors), Joel Embiid (Philadelphia Sixers) assured not to blame his compatriot.
Joel Embiid assured him, he does not blame his compatriot Pascal Siakam, who nevertheless nudged him, before then apologizing. The pivot, who believes that it was not intentional, would rather blame the fans of the Toronto Raptors, after their reaction at the time. After this injury, which caused him a fracture of the orbit of the right eye as well as a concussion, Joel Embiid was back, on the night of Friday to Saturday, with his Philadelphia Sixers franchise, during Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semi-finals, against the Miami Heat, after being forced to miss the first two games. It was after this famous meeting that the Cameroonian returned to this episode.
“I always thought they had great fans…”
On this subject, Joel Embiid thus declared, in remarks reported by the specialized website USA Basketball “I don’t think it was intentional. He’s my guy. It is sad. I don’t think he wanted that, but I was more irritated by what happened with their fans. I always thought they had great fans, but that made me change my mind about their supporters a bit. Throughout the series, with their chants (“Fuck Embiid”) and all that. It never gets to me anyway, but I think they were pissed that I was doing the airplane celebration. That’s what’s happening in a few theaters these days. The fans, they feel like it’s normal to say “Fuck thing”. There are a bunch of kids in the room. I don’t think that should be acceptable. Even though there were no children. When you answer, it’s like the situation with Draymond. The league fines you. I don’t mind, I’m just speaking for really everyone in the NBA but if you give, you also have to be able to take. I also said it about our fans. When they boo and the players respond, you also have to know how to take it. »