While the Sixers may at times resemble something close to a bunch of kids out on the court this season, their fathers are apparently acting like a bunch of disgruntled little league dads.
First up, there were reports over the weekend of Jahlil Okafor's father, Chuck, heckling Philadelphia 76ers head coach Brett Brown from directly behind the team's bench during the ugly loss to the Clippers in Los Angeles.
According to Tweets from a Sixers fan living in L.A., the elder Okafor was "HARASSING" Brown and at one point around halftime Jahlil had to ask his dad to "cut it out." That's ALL CAPS harassing by the way.
That's all according to screenwriter Michael H. Weber who appears to be pals of 94 WIP's Spike Eskin.
There's also this photo of Weber with Mr. Okafor and what appears to be some anti-Hinkie sentiment.
I asked Jah's Dad to take a photo with me. He said, "Only if you cover Hinkie's face on your shirt." pic.twitter.com/rbJsrcAO7a
— Michael H. Weber (@thisisweber) January 3, 2016
But that wasn't the only grumbling coming out of the Sixers' parental units this weekend. According to the New York Post, Kendall Marshall's dad went on a big time rant over the weekend as well, going so far as to allege racism had something to do with his son's low minutes -- as opposed to, you know, his poor play.
Dennis Marshall alleged Kendall wasn’t seeing more court time because he was black, ripping a 76ers “shooter” who is inserted into games ahead of his son — likely Nik Stauskas.
“How are you a ‘shooter’ and shooting 27% from three?” he wrote, as captured by a Reddit user. Marshall’s Twitter is private. “Can’t guard but play a lot. What do you think the reason is?”
“I always said there was racism in sports,” he tweeted. “White guys in basketball are getting every chance to succeed even when they aren’t doing s–t.”
Much like Sixers Fans, Sixers' Dads aren't happy with the team. More so because their kids' lack of playing time than the team's awful performance on the court, it seems.
This is obviously not the first time, and certainly won't be the last, we hear from a Sixers' parent. Add Jahlil and Kendall's dads to the Mama Iverson and Mama K.J. McDaniels of the world.
I can't help but think about the ugly incidents Okafor found himself in earlier in the season. It's almost as if we are starting to sense where Jahlil's immaturity in the handling of those issues may have came from.