As Philadelphia 76ers rookie Jahlil Okafor deals with questions about one alleged nightclub incident, it is reportedly not the first time the first-round pick has been part of a violent altercation in the past few months.
According to Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer, citing five anonymous sources who spoke to the news outlet, Okafor was involved in an altercation with someone at a Philadelphia club in October:
At a Philadelphia club in October, sources said that Okafor exchanged words with a heckler while with teammates. As he and his teammates left the club, a source said, the heckler pointed a gun to Okafor's head outside the establishment.
A source said the incident was witnessed by federal officers, but there is no known official report of the incident. Okafor did not want to speak about the situation.
Pompey's report surfaced after TMZ released a video showing Okafor involved in an altercation outside of a Boston bar Thursday morning following the 76ers' loss to the Celtics. On Friday, the Boston Police Department announced that it is investigating the incident.
Per ESPN.com, Okafor expressed regret over the incident.
"It was definitely dumb on my part," Okafor said. "It's something that I am embarrassed about. [I'm] still dealing with the league and the team. But I'm not happy about it at all."
Per Pompey, Philadelphia head coach Brett Brown said the team will do what it can to help Okafor, who is just 19 years old and not legally allowed to drink.
"We can’t put our head under a rug, and play holier than thou," Brown said. "It’s all part of growing up. And it’s my job to help him. And that part of it, if it’s true, of course, it’s concerning."
The 76ers drafted Okafor third overall, and the rookie is averaging 18.4 points and 8.1 rebounds per game.