Philadelphia 76ers center Jahlil Okafor has admitted that he was embarrassed after a street fight he was involved in at a Boston nightclub was captured on video.
Okafor revealed that he became aggravated after being heckled about his side’s 16-game losing streak to start the 2015/16 NBA season. A video posted by TMZ showed the Sixers rookie yelling at a man before proceeding to shove him.
Boston police confirmed that they are investigating the altercation after the alleged victim filed a report.
Following the incident, Okafor told Sixers coach Brett Brown about what he had done and the 19-year-old is now waiting to hear whether his team and the league will take action against him.
"It was definitely dumb on my part," Okafor told reporters on Friday. "Something I'm embarrassed about. Still dealing with the league and the team but I'm not happy about it all. We're still going through the process of what we're going to do.
"I'm ashamed with what I did and that's not who I am," he said. "Everybody that reached out to me that's in my circle they know that's not who I am. So I have a great support system and they will continue to support me."
Brown confirmed that the Sixers would handle the situation internally, but expects the league to hand down their own punishment.
"This is not something that we dismiss," Brown said. "We pay attention. We walk that line of doing what we need to to help educate and discipline anybody and help them understand if the situation were to present itself again how are you going to handle it."