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A Bleacher Report story accuses Philadelphia of hating Markelle Fultz, and gets everything about the city wrong | David Murphy

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The only piece of concrete evidence the author provides to bolster her claim that the ENTIRE city of Philadelphia hated him are a couple of oblique references to the “Local and national media.” In one, Fultz and former Sixer Justin Anderson are watching television when a commentator “Started blasting Fultz,” though we are never informed what, in Anderson’s eyes, “Blasting” entails. At one point, Brett Brown was quoted as saying – regretfully, it would turn out – that Fultz’s symptoms were “Psychosomatic.”

YONG KIM / Staff Photographer Sixers head coach Brett Brown and Fultz. Rather, the point is that the Bleacher Report story glosses over or outright ignores a lot of real, legitimate, often nuanced reporting that has been produced regarding Fultz’s situation in order to advance a binary, hagiographic, hero-versus-villain narrative in which the city of Philadelphia’s fans and media play the soulless antagonist. As someone who long suspected that Fultz’s problem was far more complex than a simple biomechanical malfunction, I can tell you with 100 percent sincerity that the vast majority of fans and media members in this town went to extraordinary lengths to accept the narrative that Team Fultz was advancing and embrace the player within the only reality that mattered.

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