Philadelphia 76ers forward Mike Scott said he should have walked away from the fight with Eagles fans outside Lincoln Financial Field on Sept. 8 but he doesn’t feel sympathy for the fans that were involved in the fight.
Scott, who met with reporters at the team’s media day, was asked about the scuffle, which happened before the Eagles’ Week 1 game against the Washington Redskins, at the top of his session.
— Mike Scott (@mikescott) September 8, 2019
“Looking back on it, I always play devil’s advocate with myself. I definitely should have walked away before it got to that point. I’m the professional, got to be the bigger person, walk away. Once you keep going … he was popping hella s—. He was going off. I don’t know, maybe it was the microphone … once you take it to the next level and you’re throwing other slurs in there, now I got to see if you match that energy. That’s what happened,” he said.
Scott, who is from southern Virginia, played in college basketball for Virginia and wore a Redskins jersey to the game, acknowledged he has to be the bigger person, but, “as far as sympathy for them, I don’t feel any for the individuals.”
He said he doesn’t have animosity toward all Eagles fans.
“Those guys don’t represent everyone. I’m not stupid, that doesn’t represent everyone. I still had a ball. Still had fun. Still took pictures with fans, throwing balls in the parking lot and enjoyed the game,” he said.
He joked Monday that when the Redskins jumped out to a 20-7 lead in the game, he thought he might had to fight the whole stadium.
“You know, the Redskins go up 20-7, and I’m looking around like s—, I’m like, ‘C’mon Eagles, help me out now. Can’t fight the whole stadium.’ (The Redskins) win that game, s—. (Eagles fans) would have been waiting for me outside the stadium with pitchforks,” he said. “I still had fun. You gotta let social media have fun with it. Definitely doesn’t look good on my behalf, you know embarrassing the organization and my family, but once you take it past that point. You know, god damn, what are you going to do.”
The Eagles rallied to defeat the Redskins 32-27.