Joel Embiid's poor diet reportedly includes 'a pitcher of Shirley Temples'
If a recent report from Brian Geltzeiler of The Cauldron is to be believed, the Joel Embiid situation with the Sixers may be reaching its tipping point.
Not only did he apparently physically threaten a coach and refuse to consistently wear his walking boot (which may have been the reason there was a need for a second surgery), but his diet was reportedly so bad that the team stocked his fridge with healthy groceries, only to see them go to waste.
Per a source, the Sixers’ training staff was so concerned about what he was eating, they stocked the refrigerator in his downtown hotel residence each week with healthy food. When a staffer went to restock the fridge each week, most everything was uneaten and unopened, and they were throwing out the fruits and vegetables every week. When the team subsequently asked to see Embiid’s room service bill, they found that most days he was ordering junk food along with his signature beverage, a pitcher of Shirley Temples. Embiid also was frequently seen feasting on chicken fingers and hot dogs at and after games.
Although there’s nothing particularly uncommon about a 21-year-old with poor dietary habits, the pattern of Embiid’s chronic insubordination makes this part and parcel to a larger issue. While reports of Embiid ballooning to 300 pounds were patently false, Embiid’s conditioning and dietary habits are a constant source of strife for the Sixers front office, per multiple sources.