Philadelphia 76ers guard Kendall Marshall was put in the awkward position of having to discuss his father's social media account on Monday. Before Philadelphia's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Marshall distanced himself from his father Dennis' since-deleted comments on Twitter, where he seemed to imply that the Sixers were racist, via the Associated Press' Dan Gelston:
"That's not coming out of my mouth. That's not my social media," he said. "He's a grown man. It was obviously the wrong time and place to say it, but he said it. He's apologized for it since."
"Me and him, we go at it sometimes," Kendall Marshall said. "He knows he was wrong. He apologized for it. Coach already told me that he understands it has nothing to do with me. We're good now."
On Saturday, when the Sixers were blown out by the Los Angeles Clippers, Dennis Marshall tweeted, "I always said there was racism in sports. White guys in basketball are getting every chance to succeed even when they aren't doing s---." He followed that up with a specific reference to Philadelphia guard Nik Stauskas: "How are you a 'shooter' and shooting 27% from three? Can't guard but play a lot. What do you think the reason is?"
Dennis Marshall has since apologized on Twitter, sent a letter to the Sixers, said they're not racist and started a new Twitter account, where he has offered to talk with anyone who as an issue. As his son said, he definitely shouldn't have tweeted what he did, but it seems like he's doing his best to move on.
Philadelphia big man Jahlil Okafor also had to deal with dad stuff. Michael Weber, a screenwriter and Sixers fan, attended the game against the Clippers at the Staples Center and tweeted that Okafor's dad, Chuck, heckled coach Brett Brown until his son told him to stop. Weber then posed for a selfie with Chuck, who had him cover the face of general manager Sam Hinkie on his T-shirt.
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
Okafor did not sound pleased about his father's actions being a topic of discussion.
"I don't know why you guys worry about my dad," he said, via the Associated Press. "He's not in the NBA. He's not on the team. You can do better than finding something than my dad to write about."
His dad may not be in the NBA, but unfortunately for Okafor, when stuff like this becomes public, it's news. This is especially true when the team is at the very bottom of the standings.
Good news for Philly: The Sixers beat the Wolves on Monday 109-99. They're 3-3 since signing Ish Smith the day before Christmas.