Toronto Raptors Fans, please shut up
Dear Toronto Raptors Fans,
Please shut up.
Look, you have a great basketball team. The Raptors are a first-class organization, from players to coaches to the front office. That storybook 2019 championship run ripped my heart out but was undeniably impressive. Even now, with a younger, less-experienced roster, you remain fierce competitors in the Eastern Conference. Last week, I went live on the radio and said your team has a great chance to win this series.
I’m saying all these nice things because a.) they’re factual and b.) I hope you’ll stick around and hear me out.
I don’t want our fan bases to be beef; nobody in Philadelphia does. However, your behavior throughout this season, specifically your need to publicly pray for Joel Embiid’s downfall in such an aggressive fashion, has gotten a good portion of our city riled up.
Tweeting about Embiid’s foul-baiting is par for the course. Go ahead and call him Kendrick Perkins with free-throws We can live with it. If anything, we’ve grown to love it.
What we won’t abide by is Toronto fans calling him a dirty player or stating how much you hope he tears an ACL. The former is untrue, and the latter is objectively over the line. Stop me if you think that’s unreasonable.
If you stopped me, then let me stop you back and show you this:
But you know what, I’m not here to debate. I’m here to lecture.
If free throws make you cry, I can’t help you there. However, if you’re joking about the death of his brother, I can help you! Just use code LIBERTY at www.BetterHelp.com and figure your shit out.
Random Raptors fans degrading Embiid’s skill is one thing, but wishing for an injury or even his death? What the fuck, guys? If you can find me Philly fans tweeting that shit about Scottie Barnes, then I’ll somehow make it up to you. But this kind of stuff is disgusting.
The last week, Raptors fans have been particularly insufferable. We Philly fans only attack when provoked and won’t back down. However, it’s gone beyond a fun NBA rivalry and devolved into an embarrassing mudslinging match. It’s been so non-stop the most some of us can muster is the following:
I’m sure at this point, Raptors fans have closed out of this blog and muttered something horrible under their breath, so I’ll take this opportunity to address Sixers fans.
As the series continues, pay Raptors fans no mind.
The Embiid hate stems from their insecurities as fans. The city of Toronto can’t fathom a star player wanting to stay there. Vince Carter and Tracy McGrady had their best seasons elsewhere. Kawhi Leonard bolted for LA after carrying them to a chip, which has to sting more than anything.
When they make fun of Embiid for crying after losing in 2019, they essentially own themselves. Who has cried for Toronto? Even after the greatest successes in their careers, the team’s best players couldn’t wait to get out of there.
Joel Embiid bleeds for and cries with the city of Philadelphia. It’s an athlete-city relationship of which Toronto fans could only dream. Imagine Joel Embiid winning a title and then leaving. That’s right. You can’t.
And that’s what they envy the most; why they spew this toxicity. It’s why Raptors fans cheered for KD’s Achilles injury, and it’s why they’ve turned their sights on Embiid.
I know some Raptors fans don’t feel this way. I don’t care. Gross generalizations get made, and life goes on.
Mandatory Credit: USA Today