Markelle Fultz sets the record straight about fans in Philadelphia
Markelle Fultz recently appeared on The Rematch with Etan Thomas to talk about injuries, dealing with criticism, and his love for basketball. Immediately when I wrote “dealing with criticism” I bet there was a good amount of you that thought Fultz was going to comment about how hard it was playing in Philadelphia, how the fans are brutal, and how the city of Philadelphia hated him.
Of course, none of that is remotely true, but always seems to be the narrative surrounding 76ers fans in the national media. Fultz however, said the opposite.
Here’s a video clip of Fultz talking about 76ers fans:
“I felt very loved. Even from the fans. I think a lot of people get confused because they hear people in media talking about fans treating me bad. I never thought the fans treated me bad. They always showed love when i was in the game. They were supportive. They were happy. They gave me a standing ovation when I came back.”
Honestly this clip should be on a running loop on a billboard outside the Philadelphia sports complex in South Philadelphia. This city absolutely loved Markelle Fultz and for whatever reason, the national media has told the world that we hated him, which we knew all along, was simply not true.
Credit to Fultz. It’s great to see him maturing and obviously, refreshing to see someone like him, who battled through adversity during his brief time in Philadelphia, come out and attempt to set the record straight about his time in Philadelphia. Obviously, it didn’t work out while he was here. It’s not working out right now with Ben Simmons either. But at least one of them isn’t blaming the fans for what happened.