Philadelphia 76ers forward Mike Scott is very popular with the fanbase for his honesty and hard work on the court. He’s been active on social media engaging with fans answering various questions and has accepted requests to attend weddings and parties around the Philadelphia area.
How it came about
Weeks in advance of the game he planned to visit a popular tailgating site “4th and Jawn” to meet with fans, via Kyle Neubeck of PhillyVoice.
— Mike Scott (@mikescott) September 8, 2019
On his way to the spot he spotted a coffin with a shirt on it saying, “Party Like It’s 1991.” (The shirt references the last Super Bowl victory for the Redskins). He approached the site to take a picture with the coffin, but a fight broke out instead. Racial slurs were directed at Scott, but no arrests were made. The fans were not aware at the time they were involved with a current Sixers player.
Professional athlete or not, the fans around the coffin were clearly wrong for harassing him just because of the jersey on his back. Scott, a Virginia native, tweeted a picture of himself wearing a Sean Taylor jersey prior to arriving at the stadium.
Presumably, he understood this would not go over well with Eagles fans and would draw attention to himself. But that’s sounds like the Mike Scott Sixers fans have come to appreciate and respect.
No more fighting
It takes a truly unique professional sports player to show up at an Eagles tailgate party wearing the opposing team’s jersey, while being a member of another Philadelphia sports team. Hopefully, the only fighting Scott does in the future involves trying to get wins for the city’s basketball team.
He won’t be disciplined by the team for the incident, per the Philadelphia Inquirer.
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