Pat McAfee Shines a Spotlight on NBA Star Joel Embiid’s WWE-Inspired DX Gesture, Highlighting $35,000 Fine

Published 11/01/2023, 9:11 AM EDT

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NBA has just triggered the entire sports world with an astonishing $35,000 fine on Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid. Pat McAfee took to social media to express his shock at how the NBA handles players’ misbehaviors. But did Joel Embiid really deserve that fine?

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The Cameroonian basketball player joined the 76ers in 2014 and has become a star player for the team. Following a score, the 2023 NBA MVP flaunted a WWE celebration gesture. This crude celebration style drew the attention of many people, including WWE star Triple H, who is the original man behind the gesture. 

Pat McAfee asserts his disbelief over NBA rules

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On Sunday, the 76ers won against the Trail Blazers 126-98. Star player Joel Embiid made the “crotch chop” to celebrate after his layup hit in traffic, drawing an and-one. In response to a tweet by Shams Charania on Joel Embiid’s fine for his D-Generation X/Triple H celebration, Pat McAfee posted, “This one gesture went from in-school suspensions to $35,000 fines.

Joel Embiid once again stirred social media with his D-Generation X/Triple H style as he scored a winning victory over the Trail Blazers. But the celebration was short-lived because he will have to pay a heavy sum of $35,000 as a fine for his WWE “Suck It” imitation on the basketball court. Needless to say, the NBA officials didn’t quite understand why the obscene scene applies to basketball. 

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If anybody knows better that certain actions come with a heavy price, it has to be Joel Embiid. This isn’t the first time the NBA star was fined for his D-Generation X celebration. During a victory against the Nets in January, he was fined $25,000 for the same gesture. But this time, inspiration has swooped down in the form of D-Generation X’s own member, Triple H. 

Triple H invites Joel Embiid to WrestleMania 40 in Philadelphia 

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In January, D-Generation X founding member and WWE chief content officer Triple H offered to pay for any “Suck It” celebration fines so that Joel Embiid could keep doing the “crotch chop.” This time, he has another hilarious proposition for Embiid. 

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The 54-year-old retired professional wrestler tweeted, “Hey, I know a place where you can do that all day, and everyone will love it. WrestleMania 40 is right there in Philly…” To which Joel Embiid replied, “Yes sir!! I would love to but I don’t think I’m gonna be in Philly for that.” WrestleMania 40 will take place in Philadelphia at Lincoln Financial Field from April 6-7, 2024. 

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Do you think Pat McAfee is justified in calling out the NBA for their strict fines? Or should Joel Embiid think twice before flaunting the gesture for millions of eyes to see? Joel Embiid and the 76ers will face the Denver Nuggets on Saturday. 

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Khosalu Puro is an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. Growing up with football lovers in an environment where the game is always playing in the background, she got the hook of the game early. A die-hard fan of the Patriots, she would do anything to watch the Brady-Gronk duo play live.
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