Diana Ozemebhoya Eromosele
NBA rookie Jahlil Okafor (right) is involved in a physical altercation with hecklers. 

We all know that some people push the wrong buttons and are the kings and queens of getting underneath people’s skin. Moneyed individuals, like Philadelphia 76ers rookie Jahlil Okafor especially, have way too much to lose to mix up with these folks. And yet …

Okafor got into an altercation with a few hecklers Wednesday night outside a Boston bar, TMZ reports. There’s video of the fight, and in it Okafor is seen screaming at the heckler, “We got money, you broke-ass [expletive]!” 


More words are exchanged. People are trying to hold Okafor back, but he gets to one of the hecklers and pushes him into a car. Okafor swings at another heckler, who falls on the ground. Another heckler is seen punching Okafor in the head.

Okafor tweeted about how he’s not proud of the decisions he’s made.


Opportunists are itching to file civil suits against rich people—a message that’s probably been drummed into Okafor’s head plenty ever since the incident.  

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Diana Ozemebhoya Eromosele is a staff writer at The Root and the founder and executive producer of Lectures to Beats, a Web series that features video interviews with scarily insightful people. Follow Lectures to Beats on Facebook and Twitter.

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