NEW YORK – (wire Service Report by The Sports Xchange) – Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid was fined $10,000 for “using inappropriate language on social media,” the league announced Saturday.
Embiid unleashed an obscenity aimed at LaVar Ball, the father of Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball, in an Instagram Live video earlier this week. The 23-year-old Embiid was heard to say, “(Expletive) LaVar Ball.”
The elder Ball was quick with a response to TMZ Sports.
“He’s got three words. His vocabulary is limited,” Ball said. “You gotta use cuss words when you don’t have no intellect. He’s not intelligent at all. He shouldn’t worry about me, he should be worried about playing.”
Embiid has been quite vocal on social media in regard to LaVar and Lonzo Ball. He answered the elder Ball’s claim that the Lakers would be playoff-bound in 2018 with a tweet asking teammate Ben Simmons to “Please dunk on him so hard that his daddy runs on the court to save him.”
The NBA issued a memo to all 30 teams in February emphasizing rules prohibiting “mocking and/or ridiculing” opponents or officials by official team social media accounts