There was a sequence late in last night’s Sixers game when Joel Embiid went up for a block and probably didn’t have to. He came down awkwardly, and anytime Embiid comes down awkwardly, fan hearts typically fibrillate until he gets back up again.
Here’s the sequence in question:
"𝙒𝙚𝙡𝙘𝙤𝙢𝙚 𝙩𝙤 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙉𝘽𝘼…" 💥
Josh Giddey was on the receiving end of this bruising foul from Joel Embiid. pic.twitter.com/YvnafS8zFv
— ESPN Australia & NZ (@ESPNAusNZ) October 25, 2021
I didn’t notice it at the time, but color commentator Alaa Abdelnaby made the following comment at the end of the video clip, transcribed by Alex Conrad at the Australian website news.au.com:
“Jo Jo just not going to give up the easy two,” Abdelnaby said.
“I just worry about when he falls. No offence to Giddey, I could care less.
“But this guy, you don’t want to see him fall awkwardly because you worry as a Sixers fan.”
“Giddey” is Josh Giddey, the Thunder rookie involved in the play. He’s an Aussie, drafted 6th overall this year.
The “no offense” comment apparently drew some heat nationally, and in Australia, with a sampling of the responses looking like this:
First ballot HOF for poor takes ?
“No offense to Giddey, but I could care less…” 🤦🏻♂️
I got a feeling there might be a bit of offense taken… https://t.co/TAiPEDHe8K
— Peter Hooley (@PeterHooley12) October 25, 2021
Things we learned tonight:
— Daniel Moldovan (@AgentMoldovan) October 25, 2021
@alaatweets Alaa Abdelnaby’s “I could care less” comment was extraordinarily stupid on two fronts. First, the sentiment of the comment was disgusting and secondly, is his apparent inability to actually get the phrase correct. Pull your head in mate. #nba #OKCThunder #joshgiddey
— Hugh Jorgin (@hugh_jorgin_) October 25, 2021
It seems like a throwaway comment, but I can understand why people would be upset. Alaa isn’t outright saying “fuck this guy, nobody cares,” but in the process of showing concern for the superstar on the team he covers, the result is some lopsided and biased commentary. This isn’t a cancel-worthy sequence, but you have to be at least somewhat sensitive when stuff like this happens. All you gotta do is say “hopefully Giddey is alright,” or whatever. Something like that, then you don’t have Twitter coming for you.
My guess is he issues some sort of apology.