76ers’ Joel Embiid fined $35K for ‘crotch chop’ celebration in win over Trail Blazers

Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid reacts to the shot and foul call during the NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers, Sunday, Oct. 29, 2023, in Philadelphia. The 76ers won 126-98. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)That’s how many times it looked like Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid thrusted and gestured toward his groin area after making a layup as Malcolm Brogdon fouled him on Sunday.

Embiid’s outburst took place with two minutes and 14 seconds remaining in the third quarter. There’s a camera change during the chopping, so it’s possible the league’s reigning MVP went for more than four before heading to the line.

Philadelphia’s 22-point lead might have inspired the gesticulation. And while early celebrations can sometimes precede a pitfall, the 76ers went on to easily defeat Portland 126-98. Kelly Oubre Jr. was visibly taken aback by Embiid’s actions after the bucket. But if you look at Tobias Harris, he doesn’t seem too phased by it. That’s because Embiid’s done it before, but Oubre is new. OubreWhen Embiid finished a tough basket while drawing a foul against the Brooklyn Nets last season, he also did the crotch chop. The infamous”suck it” celebration was”Curious, Joel Embiid,” Triple H wrote on X, formerly Twitter. headtopics.com

“There’s no secret that Triple H is my guy,” Embiid said after the game last season.”Obviously, DX, when I used to watch wrestling, those were my guys. Any time I get the chance, I haven’t done it in a while so I just felt like it was a good and-1. I got the ball, I didn’t even see the rim, and I felt like it was deserving of a good celebration.”

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