76ers star Joel Embiid launches incredible rant on referees ‘they f**king suck’ | Other | Sport


The Sixers suffered a 112-119 loss to the Celtics on Tuesday night, their 21st loss of the campaign.

Embiid was disappointed with a number of calls the officials made during the game and voiced his frustrations in a brief expletive-filled statement.

“The referee’s f***ing suck,” the Cameroonian declared moments before leaving the post-match press conference.

Embiid’s rant was in response to him not getting a call late in regulation time.

With 40 seconds left on the clock and his side down by two points, Embiid received the ball in the post and attempted to back down Al Horford.

As he went up for the shot, he was hit across the arms by Horford and was dispossessed.

No foul was called and Marcus Smart was left with a free dunk at the rim, which was made possible as Embiid – who had five personal fouls to his name – didn’t make an attempt to stop him from scoring.

The Sixers bench fumed at the lack of a decision, which Embiid blames himself for.

“I’m an idiot,” the 24-year-old said. “I should’ve kicked it out or took it out and shot it. I didn’t think about the situation and us not having a timeout.

“I thought we had one, and as soon as I shot it, I looked and said, ‘I’m stupid.’ But, like I said, that’s on me. I need to do a better job.”

The Sixers have come up short against the Celtics in all three of their meetings this season.

They’re next scheduled to play Brad Stevens’ side on March 20 in their 72nd game of the season.

Sixers coach Brett Brown isn’t worried about his troops being fearful of their final encounter with the Celtics, saying: “No. Not even close.

“We’ve got a whole new team. We’ve been with each other for a minute.

“I don’t even think about that at all – I’m excited to play these guys.”

The Sixers will look to get back to winning ways this evening when they face the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.

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