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NBA fines Joel Embiid for ‘inappropriate language on social media’

Joel Embiid to his Instagram Live views: “F— LaVar Ball.”

NBA to Embiid: F— your bank account.

Embiid’s remark about LaVar Ball, the outspoken father of Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball, drew the league’s ire.

NBA release:

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid has been fined $10,000 for using inappropriate language on social media, it was announced today by Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.

I don’t like the NBA fining players for their language while away from the workplace and not pertaining directly to the workplace, but the league has established the precedent for punishing lewdness on social media. If the union were going to fight these fines, it probably would have already happened.