Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert took exception to Philadelphia 76ers stars Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons laughing when Embiid apologized for elbowing Jarrett Allen in Game 2 of their playoff series.
Sixers’ Joel Embiid & Ben Simmons crack up laughing while Embiid was trying to apologize for flagrant elbow to Nets’ Jarrett Allen during Game 2 win: “I got him pretty good but I’m sorry about it. it wasn’t intentional. …. I’m not usually humble that’s why he’s laughing.” pic.twitter.com/Ll1wuTHEk3
— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) April 16, 2019
“We didn’t really like that. We thought that was kind of disrespectful, especially after the elbow he threw,” LeVert said after the Nets practiced on Wednesday. “It is what it is. There’s no love lost. It’s a playoff series. We expect that.”
Embiid’s elbow to Allen’s face late in the first half of the Sixers’ Game 2 win was ruled a flagrant foul.
Joel Embiid caught Jarrett Allen with a hard elbow and was given a flagrant 1. pic.twitter.com/scfnb8Oj1N
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) April 16, 2019
Embiid apologized for the elbow during his postgame news conference and said it wasn’t intentional. As Embiid relayed the apology, he and Simmons started laughing.
“I’m not usually humble, that’s why he’s laughing,” Embiid said during the news conference. “But, yeah, I was just trying to be aggressive.”
When asked on Wednesday if he believed Embiid’s explanation about the laughter, Nets veteran Jared Dudley said:
“I just buy him being a silly guy. He’s a carefree guy. I don’t think he was intentionally going to hit him, but any time you throw your ‘bows like that, you put yourself out there.”
Embiid is a big goof at times.
Chalk it up to that.
If someone doesn’t like him laughing, stop him, and beat the Sixers in the series.
That’ll stop him from laughing.
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