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'Sick and tired' Joel Embiid posts vulgar message after missing Game 2

'Sick and tired' Joel Embiid posts vulgar message after missing Game 2

It’s safe to say Joel Embiid did not agree with the Sixers’ decision to hold him out of Game 2 of their first-round playoff series against the Heat.

Embiid took to social media minutes after the Sixers' 113-103 loss (see observations), and he did not mince words. The All-Star center made it abundantly clear he's unhappy with the team for taking overly precautionary measures with his health, and threw an F-bomb in there to really drive the point home.

“F------ sick and tired of being babied,” Embiid wrote on his Instagram story.


Despite clearing the NBA’s concussion protocol prior to Game 2, the Sixers determined holding Embiid out was “best for Joel’s health,” coach Brett Brown revealed pregame. There is currently no timetable for Embiid's return.

Here's what Brown had to say postgame (more here):

He just wants to play basketball. He wants to be with his team, he wants to play in front of the fans and he wants to see this through. When he’s not able to do that, he gets frustrated, and I respect his frustrations. It’s born out of him wanting to be with his team. And so the medical side, different reasons, I’m not going to go there. But I do know the spirit he delivered that [Instagram story] you just talked about reflects my conversations with him. It’s completely driven by team, competitiveness, I want to play basketball, that type of feeling more than anything.

Meanwhile, Embiid had this to say to ESPN:

Though Embiid is in the clear as far as concussion symptoms are concerned, he’s still recovering from a broken orbital bone that will likely force him to wear a protective mask for the foreseeable future.

This is not the first time Embiid has clashed with the Sixers over injuries. Earlier this season, he fought against minutes restrictions and the team holding him out of back-to-backs after returning from a torn meniscus.

Embiid eventually won both of those battles, so don’t be surprised if he’s back on the court for Game 3 in Miami, especially with the series now tied 1-1.

Eagles fans forced to listen to yet another Cowboy call our game

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Eagles fans forced to listen to yet another Cowboy call our game

The Eagles playing a road game in London against the Jacksonville Jaguars sounds like a nice thing if you’re traveling over the pond for a really expensive vacation to watch the Birds in a unique setting.

But if you’re staying home in Philadelphia, well, it just kind of sounds like a headache.

The normal Sunday football viewing routine will be broken and you’ll be forced to tune in to watch the Eagles earlier than usual with a 9:30 a.m. start time on NFL Network.

Not only will you have to set the alarm for an early game and opt for some extra strong coffee in place of your typical game day beer, you’ll also have to deal with former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Irvin calling the game.

The NFL Network’s “NFL GameDay Morning” crew of Rich Eisen, Steve Mariucci, Kurt Warner, and Michael Irvin will give it a go of calling the game from Wembley Stadium over in London.

“After a decade-and-a-half of planting new broadcast flags for the NFL Network, this one may be the most thrilling of all,” Eisen said. “I can’t wait to get to Wembley to start the call so I’m going to use this press release to remind everyone that the yellow line is unofficial.”

As if Troy Aikman, Tony Romo, Moose Johnston, and Jason Witten aren’t enough to give Eagles fans a headache while watching games, now we’ve got to deal with yet another former Cowboy calling our game.

Or you can simply flip on the radio and listen to Merrill Reese and Mike Quick. That’s always a solid decision.

Eagles Pro Bowler is 'big mad' with Uber in social media post

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Eagles Pro Bowler is 'big mad' with Uber in social media post

Opposing quarterbacks know what the wrath of Fletcher Cox is like on the gridiron, but yet another company gets it on social media from the big man.

This time, it’s Uber.

Fletch took the popular ride-sharing company for a spin on Sunday night and won’t be leaving a five-star review.

Cox is one of the more recognizable figures on the most popular sports team in Philadelphia, so, there’s a fair chance if you’re picking him up, you know who he is. I’d probably listen to what he says.

It’s not the only fun he’s had on Uber this year, though. Here’s a look at Fletch, with a few of his Eagle teammates, squeezing into an Uber from August.

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UBER X #civiclyfe #DLine

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Uber, however, is trying to make the situation right.

Wait, or is that Chris Long again? If you remember, Cox sent out a tweet unhappy with Delta about a year-and-a-half ago and Long changed his profile photo to troll his teammate.

I guess one of the most popular athletes in the city is just like you, though, trying to take an Uber in the city.