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Joel Embiid slammed for Cristiano Ronaldo shout-out

Former Kansas center Joel Embiid gave a Twitter shout-out to Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo after Sunday’s match against the United States. And now he’s paying the price for that.
Former Kansas center Joel Embiid gave a Twitter shout-out to Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo after Sunday’s match against the United States. And now he’s paying the price for that. AP

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.

Oops.

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”

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