Philadelphia 76ers center Jahlil Okafor reportedly was pulled over for driving 108 mph on the Ben Franklin Bridge in early November, according to Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer, who noted the bridge's speed limit is 45 mph.
It's the latest off-court issue for the promising rookie. Okafor reportedly had a gun pointed at his head by a heckler outside of a Philadelphia club in early October, per Pompey. In addition, TMZ released footage of Okafor engaged in a scuffle outside of a Boston nightclub this past week, though no charges were filed.
"It was definitely dumb on my part," Okafor said about the nightclub incident, per Pompey. "It's something that I am embarrassed about." Pompey also noted Okafor added that he was "still dealing with the league and the team. But I'm not happy about it at all. But we are still going through the process of what we are going to do."
After the traffic stop became public, Okafor took to his Twitter account to apologize:
Okafor, 19, has been excellent on the court for the hapless Sixers, averaging 18.0 points, 7.9 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game. But his recent pattern of behavior may be a cause for concern for Philadelphia, as Bomani Jones of ESPN noted:
The Sixers can't afford to have the face of the franchise make poor decisions off the court during a season in which the team has started 0-17. Okafor looks like a future star in the NBA, but his off-court slip-ups are worrisome.
Yahoo Sports' Michael Lee wrote that the Sixers need to change their organizational structure, stating there is "too much pressure on [head coach] Brett Brown and his coaching staff to teach the kids what it takes to be professional."