The Philadelphia 76ers announced Wednesday (Dec. 2) Jahlil Okafor has been suspended for two games effective immediately, reports ESPN.
“Jahlil is a very important part of our organization and our future,” the team said in a statement. “While we are disappointed with his recent actions, we have faith in him as a valued member of the Sixers. We will provide the necessary resources to support him on his journey and will do our part to help him succeed both on and off the court.”
The team sat out Okafor during Wednesday night’s 99-87 loss to the New York Knicks and will miss Saturday’s game against the Denver Nuggets.
The suspension comes on the same day a second video was released by TMZ, which shows the Sixers rookie involved in a scuffle in Boston.
Sixers coach Brett Brown said that Okafor’s initial account of the incident to the team did not include all of the details… and with more info surfacing, they were caught off-guard.
“The details, the further details that came out surprise me, surprised us,” Brown said. “As far as the play-by-play of what happened, he did not go into that. Today we learned more. And the thing I do say is that when I spent time with Jahlil in his room today, he’s ashamed, he’s embarrassed. And this has caught him off guard.”