By Annie Ross
The facts about a gun-related incident involving Sixers rookie center Jahlil Okafor are finally dribbling out.
Okafor was told to look as a man pointed a handgun at him during an incident on Oct. 4, according to National Park Service reports obtained Thursday by USA TODAY Sports.
Okafor — who officers wrote appeared to be intoxicated — struck the back of a Chevrolet Camaro outside the City Tavern restaurant at 2nd and Walnut St., which falls within Independence National Historic Park boundaries policed by federal park rangers.
A man emerged from the car, knocked Okafor to the ground and then pointed a gun at Okafor, according to the documents.
The suspect fled to a hotel parking structure where authorities lost sight of him. Philly police recovered a 9mm handgun the next day.
Okafor’s name does not appear in the reports, but a person with knowledge of the investigation who is not authorized to speak publicly confirmed to USA TODAY the man pushed to the ground and held at gunpoint was Okafor.
Okafor, who turned 20 on Dec. 15, was seen being held up by two friends before the incident.
“It appears to me that (Okafor) was intoxicated,” a ranger wrote in the reports. “I observed two other males keep him stable several times.”
This incident was actually the first known one of Okafor’s young NBA career, although it wasn’t reported until others followed. He’s been investigated for assault after he threw a man to the ground and then punched him outside of a Boston nightclub on Nov. 26.
Okafor was suspended for two games by 76ers after a second video of the assault emerged.