Philadelphia may be looking at Jahlil Okafor more of a liability now more than an asset after the 76er center tried to use a fake ID to gain access at Misconduct Tavern in Philadelphia in late October, according to a report by John Gonzalez.
Okafor was reportedly refused service at the bar. A source said, he was surprised that Okafor did not think he wouldn’t be recognized. With his height, his game performance, and having celebrity status now since joining the NBA, it wouldn’t be hard to recognize the rising star of the 76ers.
But as the incidents and stories of how Jahlil Okafor act in public places should already alarm the team management of Philadelphia.
This is after a week of off-the-court incidents involving Okafor. Over the weekend, Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer was the first to report that Okafor was pulled over on the Ben Franklin Bridge in Philadelphia for driving at 108mph.
Gonzalez also told the news that Okafor had a gun pointed at him during an almost altercation outside another club in Philadelphia in early October.
During Thanksgiving, Okafor figured into a fight with a heckler outside a Boston bar.
A short statement was given by Coach Brett Brown of the 76ers regarding the saga Okafor has been involved in:
“As an organization, anything like this is concerning. I think the repetitiveness on the announcement exacerbates the problem. It’s like any 19-year-old, you are trying to find ways to help him. He knows he’s made mistakes and we know he’s made mistakes. As an organization, we will deal with them as we need to and should.”
Okafor has been averaging 17.5 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks per game. His recent pattern of behavior is becoming a major headache for the Sixers management. They assured the public though that, they are more focused on basketball and staying out of trouble off the court.
The team, who is on a slump right now as they remain winless in the season so far, is composed of fairly young players who definitely need some veteran presence in their fold.