Sixers Rookie TJ McConnell Had to Pay $10 to Get Into Event that Was Free for Fans
The Philadelphia 76ers just finished what might very well be the worst season in NBA history. It started off with 18 consecutive losses and ended with a record of 10-72. That’s one fewer loss than the Warriors had wins.
Quite understandably, Sixers players are not very popular in Philadelphia right now. But according to an anecdote from a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette story about rookie point guard TJ McConnell, it’s actually worse than anyone could have imagined.
Check this out:
TJ McConnell had just finished a recent game with the Philadelphia 76ers when he and his father, a few family members and some friends decided to visit an establishment within walking distance of Wells Fargo Center. TJ was first to the door when a worker announced there was a $10 cover charge, but free admittance with a 76ers ticket stub.
“He played,” said Tim McConnell, pointing at his son.
The worker still wanted $10.
“No, you don’t understand. He played in the game,” Tim McConnell tried to reason.
No matter. It was $10.
Such is the respect these days for a 76ers player.
That’s right. After a recent game TJ McConnell tried to go to (what was most likely) XFinity Live, the dining and entertainment complex across the street from the Wells Fargo Center. And they made him pay to get in, even though fans who attended the game got in for free.
I mean, obviously, the kid made $500K this year, so it’s not about the money. It’s the fact that the person working the door at an establishment that wouldn’t even exist without the 76ers was that unimpressed by the fact that McConnell actually plays for the 76ers.