OH NOS! It Would Appear That Sixers Mascot Franklin Is a Sixers-Hating, Philly-Bashing Knicks Fan!

Photo: Darnell's, er, Franklin's Twitter account
Photo: Darnell’s, er, Franklin’s Twitter account

Ruh roh.

Last night, after making his game debut for the recently disemboweled Sixers, mascot Franklin – or, more precisely, the guy inside mascot Franklin in a legal way – posted a video (since deleted) on his personal Instagram account which accidentally got tweeted to Franklin’s Twitter account:

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Nice.

The link led to the Instagram page of Darnell Enrique, a high-flying entertainer and Franklin’s special friend, who, apparently, had some evening plans on Friday.

But it’s all good. Our dog’s just taking in a little nightlife in this City of Littery Love. Every pup needs some play time. He probably just smelled a few butts, marked his spot in the club. He’s still SUCH A GOOD BOY, right?

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Franklin… what did you do?

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What’s that boy? You got some sweet kicks?

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Wait……. what?! YOU’RE A FAN OF THE KNICKS?!

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FRANKLIN! That’s a bad boy! THAT’S A VERY BAD BOY!

Thanks to sleuthing by (@brianbrown25), who screenshotted some of Darnell’s past Tweets, we now know that the man inside the lovable blue dog who spreads joy and cheer to all the children in Sixers land, fucking hates the Sixers and pretty much everything else that has to do with Philly sports:

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Ruff. I’ll shoot myself if the Eagles go to the Super Bowl. I can just see it now: Chip Kelly leads the Birds to their first appearance in the big game in more than a decade, and there’s cuddly blue dog, Franklin, supposedly present for all of Philly’s finest moments(!), putting himself down with Smith & Wesson .45 on national TV.

And that would be just the most recent disappointment.

It turns out that while sitting courtside during the 2001 Finals – photographic evidence of which was uncovered by the Sixers marketing department – Franklin wasn’t cheering on the team, he was trying to bite AI’s ankles!

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And that blue paw print on the Declaration of Independence…

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… it’s actually one of four on the document, because Franklin wasn’t trying to sign it, he was taking a big ol’ dump on everything we hold near and dear! BAD BOY!

Poor Franklin. Or Darnell. Whatever. I imagine that, for some children, finding out the Sixers’ mascot totally hates the team and city will… be a bit of a buzzkill. But, while funny, we should probably give the guy a pass here. Just a couple of weeks ago Darnell posted a video of himself practicing his high-flying dunks with the hashtags #SixersLife #ilovemyjob. Those Tweets you see here from Sixer-hating Darnell are from 2-5 years ago. They look bad now, and the vitriol towards the Sixers, Eagles and Philly fans is, well, disappointing. But, it really doesn’t matter if the guy grew up a Knicks fan. Mike Trout, as a member of the Angels organization, openly talked about his excitement the night the Phillies signed Cliff Lee, yet I doubt any of his Angels teammates worry about his allegiances. Comparatively, until Franklin – er, Darnell – doesn’t leave it all on the floor in his current role entertaining Sixers fans, he should get the benefit of the doubt. This is a bad social media blunder, certainly, but let’s just laugh at it and move on. The guy shouldn’t lose his job over it. I don’t think so, anyway.

That said, Darnell might just want to be a little more careful about what he posts on Instagram. You’re always one wrong tap away from a big mistake. Check your logins, kids.

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23 Responses

  1. I don’t care if it’s Eddie Murphy in the suit as long as it isn’t hip hop. Fucking thing looked like he was going to rap me.

  2. What relevancy does a 5 year old tweet have? Because 5 years later this person got a job as a mascot for a joke of an NBA team?

    This is creepy, utterly pointless shit made to embarrass someone who is not even a public figure and did nothing to deserve it. This is why hair dying MM can rip apart your pathetic blog. This shit is unprofessional gibberish. This is why actually journalistic entities do not have respect for you.

  3. I realize there isn’t a lot of sports to talk about right now but for Christ’s sake between radio wars, flowcharts, analytics, and now this load of shit, you’re absolutely asking people to stop reading this abortion of a blog. What’s next a flowchart of the Eagles cheerleaders menstrual cycles. You guys suck. ….. I’m still a fan though.

    1. I want the last 2-3 minutes of my life back. I realize this is a slow time of year for Philly sports, but reading about tweets from the black guy inside the Sixers mascot is pathetic. I was expecting this to be a Jim article.

  4. Missed the AMA Kyle and I was hoping to ask whatever happened with the partnership/acquisition of BuzzOnBroad? Like I remember you doing some podcasts/live call-ins together, and a few posts, but it seems like that site went into a news oriented site. I was curious as to what happened.

  5. Just a 40 year age difference. Guess Alex must have “Daddy” issues. I always thought Howard was more into Sue Serio.

  6. Franklin should rub my feet while I read this pointless blog post. Where’s the big shot at? Fuck this blue dog. I’d rather watch the phanatic go down on swoop.

  7. Not that anyone should give a shit, but this dumb blue dog is now going to ket kicked in the balls and tripped by sixers fans who find this too insulting to let slide. That could be enough for this guy to actually shoot himself if you think about it. He even failed at being a mascot. I’d end it all right there myself.

  8. It’s funny that all these idiot commenters complain that Kyle copies and pastes from Deadspin… but no one mentions that Deadspin just gripped this article from CrossingBroad and used it on their site.

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