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Kendall Marshall's Father Comments on Son's Lack of Playing Time for 76ers

Philadelphia 76ers guard Kendall Marshall (5) in the third quarter during an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns, Saturday, Dec. 26, 2015, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
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Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistJanuary 4, 2016

Kendall Marshall has appeared in just nine games for the Philadelphia 76ers this season, and his father took to social media over the weekend to vent his frustration.

"I always said there was racism in sports," Dennis Marshall tweeted on his private Twitter account Saturday, per Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer. "White guys in basketball are getting every chance to succeed even when they aren't doing (expletive)."

He also directed another tweet at an unnamed 76ers player, whom Pompey believes to be Nik Stauskas.

"How are you a 'shooter' and shooting 27 percent from three?" Marshall wrote, per Pompey. "Can't guard but play a lot. What do you think the reason is?"

Marshall has since issued an apology for the series of tweets.

"I apologize to all those associated with the Sixers," he said, per Jake Pavorsky of SB Nation's Liberty Ballers. "I am ashamed and embarrassed by my actions. I have sent a letter of apology to the Sixers."

Marshall made his season debut on Dec. 11, nearly 11 months after suffering a torn ACL during his one-year stint with the Milwaukee Bucks. He started five of his first six games with Philadelphia, but he has since lost his starting gig to Ish Smith, who the Sixers acquired in a trade with New Orleans on Christmas Eve.

Dennis Marshall isn't the first 76ers parent to make news for a critical attitude regarding the team. Screenwriter Michael H. Weber tweeted on Jan. 2 that Chukwudi Okafor, father of Jahlil Okafor, was heckling head coach Brett Brown from behind the bench to the extent that Jahlil had to step in. The Sixers lost to the Los Angeles Clippers that night, 130-99, with Okafor chipping in 23 points off the bench in 18 minutes.

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