Joel Embiid dropped a career-high 49 points the other night and said “fuck it” on live television after flipping the bird to Kevin Huerter.
That earned him a $25,000 fine from the NBA:
The “obscene gesture” in question took place at the very end of the game, when Embiid dribbled the ball into the Hawks’ half of the floor and was then pickpocketed by Huerter.
Here’s the video of that, for your viewing pleasure:
Joel Embiid was feeling good after dropping a career-high 49 pts. Was all prepared to dribble out the clock & gloat. Then Kevin Huerter came along & stole the ball. Embiid flipped him the bird, then, after realizing he got caught up, apologized. pic.twitter.com/NvOteE3mRC
— Michael Lee (@MrMichaelLee) February 25, 2020
No big deal.
Embiid has been playing better and looking more like himself after determining that he needs to get back to being the fun-loving and cheeky dude he was last year and the year prior. That will result in more elite performances and more sequences like these, and if he eats a couple of fines along the way, so be it.