After being involved recently in a few embarrassing and potentially dangerous off-the-court incidents, Philadelphia‘s star rookie Jahlil Okafor will now be accompanied by a security guard whenever he goes out on the town, according to league sources.
The request for security was made by Okafor’s handlers, who asked the 76ers to make a security guard available to their first-round draft pick out of Duke. The Sixers did not return a phone call seeking comment, but two sources said the club will honor the request.
“A lot of teams do that for their players anyway,” a source close to Okafor said. “So from now on the Sixers are going to have someone at his disposal full-time.”
Okafor, who will turn 20 years old on December 15, was caught last week on video engaging in a brawl with a man outside a Boston nightclub early Thursday morning. The victim filed a report with the Boston Police Department but no charges have been filed.
The fight in Boston followed an incident in October in which a heckler pointed a gun at Okafor’s head following a verbal exchange at a club in Philadelphia, according to a report in the Philadelphia Inquirer. The newspaper also reported that Okafor was stopped by police in October for going 108 mph on a Philadelphia bridge. Going over 40 mph on the bridge, which spans the Delaware River and connects Philadelphia and Camden, New Jersey, is considered reckless driving, according to the report.
Okafor, who leads all NBA rookies in scoring with an average of 17.5 points, took responsibility for his misbehavior in a series of tweets on Sunday. Those close to Okafor have let him know in no uncertain terms that he cannot keep putting himself in positions where negative things can occur.
“We’re all over him,” one person said. “It’s tough love and support. We’re telling him he has to learn from these things.”