Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid was fined by the NBA on Saturday for directing inappropriate language toward LaVar Ball in an Instagram video.
Per Alex Kennedy of HoopsHype, NBA Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Kiki Vandeweghe announced that Embiid was hit with a $10,000 fine.
Embiid responded to the fine on Twitter:
That day has finally come ha #TheProcess
— Joel Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) July 8, 2017
According to TMZ Sports, the Sixers big man said, “F–k LaVar Ball,” during an Instagram Live video he posted Tuesday.
Complex tweeted a portion of the video (Warning: Language NSFW):
— Complex (@Complex) July 5, 2017
Embiid and Ball have traded insults since the NBA draft, as Embiid tweeted the following to 76ers teammate Ben Simmons after Lonzo Ball was taken by the Los Angeles Lakers with the No. 2 overall pick:
Please dunk on him so hard that his daddy runs on the court to save him.. https://t.co/cMvt5RYiSQ
— Joel Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) June 22, 2017
The elder Ball went on to criticize Embiid and his inability to stay healthy in a Philadelphia sports radio interview, per Jonathan Tannenwald of Philly.com.
Ball then questioned Embiid’s intelligence when asked about the 2016-17 Rookie of the Year finalist by TMZ Sports: “The reason he said that…his vocabulary is limited. … You gotta use cuss words when you don’t have no intellect. … He’s not intelligent at all. He’s worried about me? He should be worrying about playing.”
While Embiid is an elite talent, durability has proven elusive during his NBA career.
The former Kansas standout missed his first two seasons due to injury before appearing in just 31 games last season.
Embiid averaged 20.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.5 blocks and 2.1 assists per contest, and he is a key building block for the up-and-coming 76ers.
Meanwhile, the Lakers are hitching their rebuild wagon to Ball along with the likes of Brandon Ingram and Julius Randle.