Former Kansas center Joel Embiid took to Twitter on Sunday to give a shout-out to Portugal’s star Cristiano Ronaldo for setting up the game-tying goal against the United States in the World Cup.
“Ronaldo my boy #halamadrid,” the native of Cameroon tweeted to the Real Madrid star.
That didn’t go over well with other Twitter users who were rooting for the red-white-and-blue team, according to Eric Freeman at Yahoo! Sports.
They slammed Embiid, who is nursing a fractured foot while waiting for the NBA draft on Thursday.
“@JoelEmbiid if it wasn't for the USA you’d still be living in a third world country, show some respect,” tweeted Rich Homie John @Johnsiebels.
“ ... praying the Sixers pass on this guy,” tweeted Sean Donnelly @_SeanDonnelly.
We agree with Freeman that Embiid, who is not a U.S. citizen and who has lived here for just a few years, “should be able to support whichever teams and players he likes.”
Twitter user @mafuenla21agrees, too: “@JoelEmbiid gotta be ur supporter after this, dude. <3”