The bad blood between Joel Embiid and LaVar Ball has increased in recent weeks, and Embiid will soon pay a heavy price for his part in the feud.
The NBA announced that the 76ers center was fined $US10,000 for “using inappropriate language on social media.”
The fine was punishment for Embiid’s comments made during an Instagram Live video he posted last Tuesday, in which he said “F— LaVar Ball” during a Q&A session with fans.
You can check out the remark in question below.
Warning: NSFW Language
The fine will do a bit of damage to Embiid’s bank account, but he didn’t seem all that remorseful in light of the announcement.
The third overall pick in the 2014 draft, Embiid has already made nearly $US14 million in his NBA career and is set to make more than $US6 million next season alone. That still didn’t stop 76ers fans from starting a GoFundMe page to “pay” Embiid’s fine, with all proceeds going to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Ball’s firstborn son, Lonzo Ball, was drafted second overall by the Los Angeles Lakers in last month’s NBA Draft. The feud between Embiid and the elder Ball started shortly after the selection, when Embiid sent this response to teammate Ben Simmons on Twitter.
Ball fired back at Embiid and Simmons, criticising them for their inability to stay on the court and their team’s losing record. After hearing Embiid’s Instagram Live remarks, Ball responded to the big man once again, accusing him of low intelligence.
“The reason he said that…his vocabulary is limited…You gotta use cuss words when you don’t have no intellect,” Ball said.