Philadelphia 76ers GM Elton Brand and forward/center Mike Muscala released statements apologizing for offensive tweets made by Muscala’s father, Bob Muscala.
In the press release, Mike Muscala condemns his father’s actions:
First and foremost, I want to apologize for my father’s offensive social media commentary. His comments were uncalled for and inappropriate, and they do not reflect who I am.
I’d also like to apologize to the 76ers and my colleagues across the NBA for the distraction my father’s comments caused.
I really appreciate the professionalism and support shown by Elton, Coach Brown, my teammates and the entire 76ers organization.
Elton Brand also addressed the situation:
Earlier today, I was made aware of inappropriate and offensive social media posts from Bob Muscala, father of Mike Muscala. Simply put, they are unacceptable and in no way reflective of the beliefs of our organization.
Having known Mike since his rookie year in 2013-14 when we were teammates, I am also certain these posts are in no way reflective of his own personal beliefs. Mike has always been a great teammate and ambassador for the game of basketball, and he has never shied away from using his platform to do good in the community. He has our organization’s full support.
This situation is also a reminder to our players, coaches and staff of the potential impact – both positive and negative – of social media. We will use this situation to once again review, monitor and discuss appropriate social media usage across all areas of our organization.
Kyle Neubeck of the Philly Voice first uncovered the account’s offensive activity. So what did Mr. Muscala tweet? Well, one of his tweets were outright racist:
What an incredibly stupid and ignorant thing to not only believe but also to tweet out to the world.
Should Mike be linked to Bob’s actions? Should Sixers fans direct anger toward Mike? Elton Brand was very proactive in addressing the situation, and in doing so, he vouched for Mike Muscala as a man and as a teammate. Mike also denounced his father’s actions and sentiments. In my opinion, these awful tweets shouldn’t be held against Mike. His father is not someone you want the Sixers to be affiliated with. But I don’t think it’s fair to assume Mike is of poor character because of the actions of someone else, even if that person is his father. They’re two different people, and hopefully Bob is the only uninformed ignoramus in that relationship.
However, I’m also a white guy in my mid-twenties. The value of my opinion on these types of things, on a scale of 1 to 10, is hardly a 1. Suggesting an entire race of people have a mental illness is offensive to me and I’m not even a member of the culture that’s been insulted here, so I can’t imagine what it’s like to hear that as a person who is African-American. And that’s what matters here. I feel out of line for even speaking on the whole subject through the lens of basketball; this is bigger than basketball.