Amir Johnson was busted for showing Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers All-Star teammate, his cellphone on the bench late in a Game 1 playoff loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday. This has lead to a fine from the team and an apology from the veteran center.
TV cameras caught him sitting on the bench and scrolling through his phone late in the fourth quarter, with the Sixers down 16 points in an eventual 111-102 loss. Johnson showed Embiid something on his phone and then slid it into the pocket of his warm-up dress.
Embiid said that he just looked down because Johnson said his daughter was extremely sick, and he was checking on her.
A few hours after his team’s loss, Johnson issued an apology.
The NBA Operations Manual bans use of cell phones on the bench during games. The rule book, under the “Use of Technology” section, clearly states that a violation will result in substantial fines and/or suspensions.
Sixers general manager Elton Brand said that the team has fined Johnson for detrimental conduct though he did not disclose the amount.
Philadelphia coach Brett Brown also called Johnson’s actions as something completely unacceptable.