Traina Thoughts: There's a GoFundMe page to help Joel Embiid pay his ridiculous fine
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1. Sports fans are mostly insane, but every now and then, they throw their weight behind a serious and important cause. The latest example of that is this GoFundMe page that has been set up to help Joel Embiid. In a bush league move you'd expect from the NFL and Roger Goodell, the NBA fined the Sixers center $10,000 for saying "F--k LaVar Ball" on Instagram live. Yes, Embiid was fined for cursing on social media. NBA players have cursed on social media many times before, yet the NBA, for some unknown reason, decided to get mad about this incident. More importantly, Embiid should be praised for what he said, not fined. Embiid has been quiet about the fine, but did retweet this:
Anyway, more than $2,000 has been donated to the GoFundMe page for Embiid. And before you get all worked up about fans paying a fine for a guy who has a four-year, $20 million contract, 100 percent of the GoFundMe money will be donated to the SPCA.
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