Report: Okafor involved in previous incident in Philly

Just as the losses keep piling up for the 76ers, so do the off-court incidents involving rookie Jahlil Okafor.

The 19-year-old Okafor, who apologized for his role in a street fight on Wednesday night in Boston, also had a gun pointed at him during a confrontation with two unidentified men in early October in Philadelphia, according to John Gonzalez of CSNPhilly.com:

The 19-year-old Sixers’ rookie was outside an Old City nightclub after 2 a.m. on October 4 when he and another person began arguing with two men sitting in a parked car near the corner of 2nd and Walnut Streets, according to a witness. The verbal disagreement escalated and a witness said he saw Okafor try to punch the driver through the open driver’s side window. During the altercation, the driver and passenger exited the car and the passenger pointed a gun in the direction of Okafor and his associate, per the witness.

U.S. Park Rangers — who patrol nearby Independence Hall — arrived on the scene during the altercation, according to separate reports filed by the U.S. Park Rangers and the Philadelphia Police Department and obtained by CSNPhilly.com. The man who exited the passenger side of the car fled on foot and appeared to toss his gun, per multiple witnesses. According to the police report, the driver got into a black Camaro with red stripes and sped off. The car was not stopped.

According to the police report, a U.S. Park Ranger chased the unidentified passenger on foot but lost him when the man ducked into the garage at the nearby Sheraton Philadelphia Society Hill Hotel at One Dock Street. The report also indicated that police and K-9 units “swept the parking garage and first floor of the hotel with negative results.” Hotel surveillance video revealed the man never entered the hotel from the garage.

A law enforcement source told CSNPhilly.com that a gun magazine was recovered near the scene and submitted for fingerprint analysis. The law enforcement source said the investigation is ongoing.

It is unclear what happened to Okafor or his associate after the incident or if they were interviewed by U.S. Park Rangers or PPD.

“We are aware that there is an ongoing investigation regarding the alleged incident and are unable to comment further,” a Sixers’ spokesman said.

3 Comments

  1. He’s 19 years old.

  2. ... says:

    Please, lets ban this fool before it’s too late. Obviously dude has some kind of problems. I already am disgusted.

  3. Raptor4Life says:

    Someone in the Sixer’s organization better sit this kid down for a serious heart-to-heart…. at this incident rate, Jahlil (if he keeps up with this behaviour – or should that be misbehaviour?) could be in jail or worse before all-star break!
    This pattern indicates an attitude, one that is NOT going to help his game or career (or his TEAM). Handguns and fistfights outside of drinking establishments in the early morning hours, how “gangsta” of you Jahlil…. what’s next?
    A comment like “Yeah, but we got money” as a retort to a basketball fan deriding the Sixer’s win-loss record kind of speaks volumes as to where his head is at. Sad.
    Jahlil, you won the genetic lottery and have tremendous possibilities in front of you – don’t throw it all away! Please don’t let this turn into another one of those “You can take the boy out of the ghetto, but you can’t take the ghetto out of the boy” stories that has killed the careers of many promising professional athletes.