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Joel Embiid goes on a Twitter rant criticizing fake news and Sixers fans

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It seems that Joel Embiid has had enough fake reports on social media. The Sixers’ star big man tweeted out denying claims that a rift grew between him and Ben Simmons.

He retweeted the initial report made by NBA Central and bashed the fake headlines within the tweet.

“Sources �Trust me bro�!! Stop using my name to push people�s agendas. I love and hate drama. I love playing with Ben. Stats don�t lie. He�s an amazing player and we all didn�t get the job done. It�s on me personally. I hope everyone is back cuz we know we�re good enough to win.”

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He shared that he knows the media often fakes headlines for clicks based upon his personal experiences.

For the time being, it seemed his rant and criticism lied in just 2 tweets. However, the fake news seemingly put Embiid on edge.

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Just 30 minutes later, he erupted into an entirely different topic, addressing fans and those opposed to his career so far in Philadelphia.

“I haven�t forgotten [about] 2 years ago, I got booed, people in Philly wanted me to be traded. I even shushed them. Only the real ones didn�t but I just put the work in that offseason to be better cuz I knew I wasn�t playing up to my potential. Philly fans, y�all also gotta be better.”

Joel Embiid

Embiid retweeted an audio clip from February 2020 where a fan called into the Philadelphia-based Joe Giglio show and bashed him. The fan didn’t hold back as he criticized Embiid, even telling him to get out of Philadelphia.

“Get this bum (Embiid) out of this city. He’s worthless, he’s fat, he can’t take care of himself. I don’t care for him anymore. I don’t want him on my team. I’d rather restart ‘The Process’ than root for this loser.”

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Giglio didn’t do much to defend Embiid and even joined the fan in bashing Embiid, calling him a “baby.”

Understandably, the state of Philly’s Sixers fan base has Embiid fed up. At the same time, the team coming up short in the postseason is frustrating the fans. It seems a mutual disliking, at least from what Embiid tweeted.

The all-star center rounded off his thoughts in a final tweet where he addressed the criticism.

“For clarity, I love the criticism, I love when I�m told I can�t do something. It makes me work harder to prove everyone wrong but not everyone is built like that.”

Joel Embiid

Sixers fans will be with Embiid for the foreseeable future as he signed a max extension back in April that puts him on the team until 2027. As for his approach to the situation, he seems content with working harder.

The former Kansas Jayhawk accepts fair criticism when it comes and is quick to point out his flaws and improve upon them. With any luck, he and Philly can very realistically bring home a chip in his time in the city, but his relationship with the fanbase seems to indicate otherwise.

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