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Newly minted all-star Joel Embiid is so over Rihanna

Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid.
Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid. The Associated Press

Former Kansas star Joel Embiid has never been shy about sharing his thoughts, including about a certain singer he’s had a crush on since 2013.

Rihanna apparently responded to Embiid when he tweeted in 2014: “I was trying to get with this famous girl and she said, ‘Come back when you’re an All-Star.’ 

Embiid has had a sensational season for the Philadelphia 76ers and on Thursday, he was named a starter for the NBA All-Star Game.

Naturally, Embiid was asked about the prospects of getting a date with Rihanna, but he brushed off any talk of that.

“She denied me back then, so why go with her again?” Embiid said. “So I have to pass and move on to the next one.”

Even if he’s passing on a potential date, Embiid’s fans have left a simple message on her Instagram page:

Perhaps Embiid is playing hard to get and really hopes for that date. If there is one thing we’ve learned about Embiid, it’s to trust the process.

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