Ian Rapppppppppppppopopopopoport all over the tweets today, now with this bit of tid about Jameis Winston calling plays on the fly during his first three drives against the Eagles last Sunday… scoring two touchdowns:
Told a story from #Bucs GM Jason Licht on Jameis Winston: Headsets went out Sun. on 1st 3 drives, he called plays based on personnel. 2 TDs
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 29, 2015
So glad a rookie quarterback (albeit a good one) can dissect the Eagles’ defense for two touchdowns, including six plays of over 10 yards and one for 58 yards, by himself. Anyone else get the feeling Billy Davis really is a redneck-snorting idiot?
Meanwhile, Chip Kelly last Sunday:
— NFL (@NFL) November 28, 2015
Those would appear to be all of the highlights.
On the court, Jahlil Okafor had arguably the best start of any of Eastern Conference rookie.
However, his experiences off the court have been far from stellar.
Four sources independently comfirmed to the The Inquirer the 76ers center was pulled over on the Ben Franklin Bridge around three weeks ago for 108 miles-per-hour. Anything over 40MPH is considered reckless driving.
This is odd. Howard Eskin reported this the other night, yet Keith seems to be working in a vacuum devoid of any other media.
Four sources? I’m going to revise my opinion from yesterday that the Sixers have been leaking these latest Okafor stories. Yes, Pompey, Eskin and John Gonzalez all reported virtually the same thing the other night. But if the Sixers were behind the leak – trying to get all the bad news out of the way over a holiday weekend – then the reports would’ve been pretty much the same. They weren’t, however. Pompey reported that there were no known police reports of the incident in which Okafor had a gun pulled on him in October. Gonzo, however, found two separate official reports. Pompey seems to have done the bare minimum reporting on that matter, especially considering that police reports are relatively easy to obtain if you have Inquirer before your name. Eskin had apparently also hinted of the story’s existence prior to all the reports coming out the other night. So it seems the initial details, at least, did not come from the Sixers, but from someone else. And that begs the question: Who?
Why do I have a feeling this won’t be the end of the BIG JAH stories?
Man, Ian Rapppppppopopopopopopoport might be the biggest shit-slinger in the game. First he rumble-stirs about Chip Kelly and USC and the Titans, and then follows it up with a RT of Adam Silver, who relayed the following quote from Kelly’s supposedly outstanding post-game speech on Thursday in which Chip reaffirmed his belief in the 4-7 Eagles:
“I believe in building a great organization with great people. I chose you for a reason. And I still believe in you.”
Call it The Kelly Creed… except, in this case, believing means wondering if Chip bails and goes back to college, or to the Titans to reunite with the quarterback of his life and watching from afar as they make lots of Super bowl babies together.
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Last night, the Inquirer’s Keith Pompey reported that Jahlil Okafor, in addition to his Boston strangler incident on Wednesday night, was involved in an altercation and had a gun pointed at him outside an Old City nightclub in October. John Gonzalez added to the report in an impressive way, painting Okafor as much more than just an innocent bystander:
The 19-year-old Sixers’ rookie was outside an Old City nightclub after 2 a.m. on Oct. 4 when he and another person began arguing with two men sitting in a parked car near the corner of 2nd and Walnut Streets, according to a witness. The verbal disagreement escalated and a witness said he saw Okafor try to punch the driver through the open driver’s side window. During the altercation, the driver and passenger exited the car and the passenger pointed a gun in the direction of Okafor and his associate, per the witness.
U.S. Park Rangers — who patrol nearby Independence Hall — arrived on the scene during the altercation, according to separate reports filed by the U.S. Park Rangers and the Philadelphia Police Department and obtained by CSNPhilly.com. The man who exited the passenger side of the car fled on foot and appeared to toss his gun, per multiple witnesses. According to the police report, the driver got into a black Camaro with red stripes and sped off. The car was not stopped.
After the game last night, Okafor said he couldn’t talk about it. The Sixers also issued a perfunctory statement acknowledging the incident.
Few things here:
- Not gonna lie, I kinda like the idea of a prideful, renegade center going around the country punching would-be hecklers outside bars and assorted clubs. Sort of like the mid-70s Flyers. Just drinking with the common folk, then beating the shit out of opposing fans. There’s something endearing about a player who takes an “aww hell no you’re not talking about my team like that” persona in public.
- Unfortunately, Jah’s apparent comeback to such verbal attacks – “we got money you broke ass n**ga” – serves up low-hanging fruit quotes that can easily be used against Jahlil and the Sixers when they mail it in for a game or season.
- One of the first things I thought here was: “What happens to the plan if Okafor gets shot in the face?”
I find it interesting that Pompey – not exactly Woodward or Bernstein – Gonzo and Howard Eskin – more on him in a second – got these reports from “witnesses” and “sources” just a day after the Boston street fight video was injected into the ether by TMZ. Pompey had five sources, and yet never mentioned the police report included in Gonzo’s story. Me thinks – and this is just my opinion – that the Sixers knew about this and let it leak yesterday. I mean, the reports came from basketball scriptuals during the game. Pompey mentions that Okafor was with teammates, while Gonzo just says “another person” and “associate.” It certainly sounds like one of those witnesses could have been one of the other players. Why would the Sixes leak this? 1) Rip the bad Jahlil news off like a bandaid over a holiday weekend– two negative stories combined into one and forgotten about by next week. 2) Control the story, paint Jahlil as a bit of a victim – “pointed a gun in the direction of Okafor” – and not let this come out two months from now. [UPDATE: Four sources? I’m going to revise my opinion from yesterday that the Sixers have been leaking these latest Okafor stories. Yes, Pompey, Eskin and John Gonzalez all reported virtually the same thing the other night. But if the Sixers were behind the leak – trying to get all the bad news out of the way over a holiday weekend – then the reports would’ve been pretty much the same. They weren’t, however. Pompey reported that there were no known police reports of the incident in which Okafor had a gun pulled on him in October. Gonzo, however, found two separate official reports. Pompey seems to have done the bare minimum reporting on that matter, especially considering that police reports are relatively easy to obtain if you have Inquirer before your name. Eskin had apparently also hinted of the story’s existence prior to all the reports coming out the other night. So it seems the initial details, at least, did not come from the Sixers, but from someone else. And that begs the question: Who?]
- According to Jake Pavorsky, the guy Okafor hit on Wednesday was “not only at the Celtics game, but continued to follow him throughout the night.” In which case: Nice work, Jah?
Eskin, who notes that the club was Recess, piled on:
Meanwhile, the Boston PD is now investigating the incident from Wednesday because, after it became a national story, of course the victim went to police at 11 a.m. yesterday. He claims the whole thing happened because Jahlil got shot down (NOT LITERALLY!):
According to the victim, the incident occurred at about 2:00am, on Thursday, November 26, 2015, as people were exiting the nightclub. Victim states that two black males, one believed to be Okafor, approached his group of friends and quickly began talking to a few of his female friends in an effort obtain their phone numbers. According to the victim, when his female companions refused their advances, a verbal altercation ensued between him and the suspect. During the argument, the male victim states that Okafor attempted to charge him but was momentarily restrained by another individual. Eventually, however, the victim states that Okafor broke free and began pushing and punching him. Victim further states that the suspect struck him with a closed fist and knocked him to the ground. Victim stated he sustained a cut above his eye which later required stitches.
The lawsuit coming in: 3… 2… 1.
To recap: In the last two days, it’s been reported that Jahlil Okafor has been involved in three separate incidents involving law enforcement: He was pulled over for driving 108 on the Ben Franklin Bridge. He punched a guy through a car window and had a gun pulled on him in Old City. And he got into a street fight in Boston, either because of a persistent heckler or because he got shot down by a couple of chicks. Trust the process, I guess.
While Jahlil Okafor plays his first game after Boston police are looking into the fight he was involved in on Thanksgiving Eve, Keith Pompey reports that it wasn’t Okafor’s first nightclub run-in with a heckler. [The other person involved in the fight in Boston claims it was over girls, not a heckle.] The recent incident, however, wasn’t as dangerous as the first one:
“At a Philadelphia nightclub in October, sources said that Okafor exchanged words with a heckler while with teammates. As he and his teammates left the club, a source said, the heckler pointed a gun to Okafor’s head outside the establishment.
A source said the incident was witnessed by federal officers, but there is no known official report of the incident.”
Pompey’s report comes from “five sources who spoke to The Inquirer independently on condition of anonymity,” no word on whether they were players or not. But a lot of this is pretty confusing. Federal officers saw it but nothing was done? Why? Unless it was in Old City and those “federal officers” were national parks people from Independence Mall, you’d think something would be done about someone pointing a gun to someone else’s head.
It now makes a bit of sense as to why Okafor was so strongly on the defensive here – more so than even on the court (HAYOOOOO). But with all of the Boston stuff and the whole gun to the head thing, maybe some Netflix and chill might be better suited for post-game unwinding.
UPDATE: Hey, my Old City guess was right: According to CSN, U.S. Park Rangers were on the scene and the gunman fled.
Rough year on the snaps for Jason Kelce, who’s been battling a bit of a knee thing. But at least he’s showing some spunk (unlike just about everyone else).
“At this point, we’re 4-7, we’re gonna find out what this locker room’s made of. We’re gonna find out who are the guys that are all in and with each other. And we’re gonna find out the cowards, quite frankly. We’re gonna find out the guys who give anonymous reports to the reporters. We’re gonna find out who the guys are that talk behind people’s backs. We’re gonna find out who the guys are that throw people under the bus. And … umm … quite frankly, I think that’s good because you find out who’s all-in and who’s not.”
“You try to find out who the guys are that are all-in and you hopefully have a lot of guys that are gonna stay on board. And I think that I trust everybody in here more than anything. I’m gonna fight to the death for all the guys in here. Right now the product is absolutely embarrassing that’s on the field right now. And the last thing we need, the last thing a team ever needs, is separation. And we gotta hold it down, get back into the film room, get things corrected, and find out.”
It says a lot that the team’s biggest concern right now is finding out who their mole is. But again, at least Kelce appears to have some fight left, and indeed he’s engaging:
— EROCK (@TheMightyEROCK) November 27, 2015
Fly Eagles, fly.
@CrossingBroad I am not fighting with anyone Kyle! I want that to be extremely clear
— Jason Kelce (@Jkelce) November 27, 2015
Roger that, Everyman.
UPDATE 2:Another one:
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