It’s been another tumultuous season in Philadelphia for head coach Brett Brown and his staff, with a slew of things going amiss this year for the 76ers. From disciplinary issues with players, to surprising additions on the coaching staff and in the front office to help cease Philly’s aimless wandering as a franchise, the 76ers have been a mess, and the father of seldom used reserve guard Kendall Marshall isn’t too happy about his son not receiving much tick on such a bad team.
According to Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Dennis Marshall scribed some angry tweets directed towards Brown and the 76ers, asserting that his son’s lack of playing time can be accredited to racism.
“I always said there was racism in sports,” read the tweet, posted during Saturday’s setback to the Los Angeles Clippers. “White guys in basketball are getting every chance to succeed even when they aren’t doing (expletive).”
Another tweet took a shot at another one of Marshall’s teammates. The player is believed to be reserve shooting guard Nik Stauskas, who is shooting 30 percent on three-pointers after making 6 of 8 against the Clippers.
“How are you a ‘shooter’ and shooting 27% from three?” that tweet read. “Can’t guard but play a lot. What do you think the reason is?”
Kendall addressed his father’s comments on Monday prior to Philadelphia’s 109-99 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves, reiterating that he does not share his father’s sentiments.
“That’s not coming out of my mouth. That’s not my social media,” he said. “He’s a grown man. It was obviously the wrong time and place to say it, but he said it. He’s apologized for it since.”
The elder Marshall took to Twitter again, this time to issue an apology to the team.
Dennis Marshall, father of Sixers PG Kendall Marshall, is apologizing about his tweets the other night. He said this pic.twitter.com/LNkmFUyjOZ
— Jake Pavorsky (@JakePavorsky) January 4, 2016
Here’s to hoping that Marshall’s father recognizes that his son’s lack of playing time can be attributed not to his pigmentation, but to the fact that the 76ers now have a more viable option at point guard in Ish Smith. Philadelphia has played .500 basketball since Smith has commandeered the role of floor general, which is a major step in the right direction for a team that has served as the league’s doormat for the last several seasons.
Marshall, who appeared in 28 games for the Milwaukee Bucks last season before being shelved for the year with a torn ACL, has played in only nine games for the 76ers. He made his season debut on Dec. 11, but has only played a total of 21 minutes in the team’s last five games.