There's No Video or Photo Evidence of the Kelly Oubre Hit and Run (UPDATED)
Update here from Jeff Cole at FOX 29:
Philadelphia police say investigators do not have any video or photographic evidence at this time showing Sixers’ guard Kelly Oubre, Jr. was struck by a vehicle Saturday night in a hit and run. @FOX29philly
— Jeff Cole (@JeffColeFox29) November 15, 2023
So there’s a RUMOR going around on Twitter that the Kelly Oubre hit and run never actually happened. That’s from a couple of random Philly accounts out there, but nothing from Woj, Shams, or any mainstream media outlets. For what it’s worth, the Sixers issued a team statement saying that Oubre was hit, and police have shared information on the incident, telling outlets about an incident at Hicks and Spruce where Oubre was reportedly struck by a “silver vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed.” That’s it, though. No video, no photos, no nothing. It’s a pretty busy Center City area, with a lot of foot traffic on a Saturday night, so you’d figure there’d be some sort of surveillance or witness video, at the very least. The absence of any kind of evidence only supports the dubiousness that’s wafting through the air. And since this is the Sixers, the craziest, most random shit can never be ruled out. We all scoffed at the idea of the GM’s wife using burner accounts to excoriate the players, so after Burnergate, anything is possible.
EDIT – here’s a follow-up statement from a 76ers spokesperson:
“(Kelly Oubre) Jr. continues to progress from his injuries and has resumed light physical activity with hopes of returning to play in the coming weeks. The organization added that it appreciates the efforts of local police for investigating the situation and the support Oubre Jr. has received from the Philadelphia community.”
Here’s a couple of the tweets out there, basically the two that the rumors stem from. Worth pointing out that this is similar to the Jalen Carter thing from earlier this week. Rumors on Twitter, but nothing from any kind of mainstream media outlet.
RE: @sixers player who was the “victim of a hit and run”…. What does he have in common with Jussie Smollett, Lyin Larry and Pinocchio? Can anyone guess? @MarkFusetti @PhillyCrimeUpd pic.twitter.com/BLLcaMKRre
— StinkyFeat (@FeatStinky) November 14, 2023
Sources tell us that the Hit and Run story by Oubre was made up to cover for a domestic assault https://t.co/pgUQQR5yeC
— PhillyCrimeUpdate (@PhillyCrimeUpd) November 15, 2023