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Philadelphia 76ers Players’ Fathers Take to Twitter

The Philadelphia 76ers have a strong hold on last place in the NBA Eastern Conference and for that matter for the worst record in the league.

The 76ers are currently 4-33 on the season and 17.5 games out of first place in the Atlantic division without even half the season being completed. Philadelphia has won half the games the Los Angeles Lakers have this season and trail the Lakers by 4 ½ games for the worst record.

Therefore, it should not come as any big surprise that there is squabbling on the team, but when fathers of players get involved it takes it to another new level, especially when racism is brought into the equation.

The Sixers are not only having more than their share of on-court problems, but the off-court ones are taking center stage.

Kendall Marshall and Jahlil Okafor’s dads have made headlines with what they are saying and tweeting during the Sixers games, which has left their respective sons embarrassed to say the least.

As Marshall’s playing time has been reduced to next to nothing, his father Dennis Marshall has vented about the decreased role of his son by tweeting on Saturday that he has said racism was in sports. That Twitter account since then has been deleted.

Marshall’s father added to the problem by using an expletive and saying that players who are white are seeing more chances even when not playing well.

He took a shot at Nik Stauskas the struggling guard for the 76ers by saying he is shooting poorly, cannot guard by still plays.

His son did not defend his father but made sure everyone knew the word’s were not his and insisted that his father was a grown man.

Marshall’s father since the tweet has apologized to the team.

Chuck Okafor, Jahlil’s father was accused by fans on Twitter of heckling the Philly coach during a loss on Saturday to the Los Angeles Clippers.

Jahlil said he does not know why anyone worries about his father, as he is not playing in the NBA and not on the team.

Okafor is playing well in his first season but the season already has been marred with some incidents. He served a suspension of two games in December for a street fight he was involved in, in Boston.

The incidents involving the players’ fathers are only adding to the discord in Philadelphia. This will likely cause more friction between players and coaches with the result being more losses.

At season’s end, the team will likely be broken up with many players being traded and new faces coming in.

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