Philadelphia 76ers fans have started a petition to ban Kendall Jenner from home games
There are many reasons for Philadelphia 76ers fans to be cheerful these days.
After season upon season of tanking, of "trusting the process" and of winless nights at Wells Fargo Center, the team now has an excellent core of young players upon which they harbour real hopes of competing for an NBA championship.
The 76ers are currently sitting pretty in third spot in the Eastern Conference, behind the Raptors and the Bucks, and have added all-star forward Jimmy Butler to their roster, increasing hopes further still of a deep playoff run this season.
However, there is one bugbear left for the good folk of Philadelphia, and it comes in the form of Kendall Jenner.
The model has recently rekindled her romance with Sixers star Ben Simmons, and turned up to watch him play in a game at Wells Fargo Center on Friday.
All seems fairly innocuous, right?
Wrong. The Sixers lost to the sorry Cleveland Cavaliers 121-112, and as per NBC Sports, they had previously held an undefeated record at home this season. Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you, the Kardashian Curse.
In fact, some Philly sports fans have taken this so seriously that a petition has been started on Change.org in the hopes of banning Jenner from future Sixers home games. Part of the petition reads;
"Jenner was front and center in attendance for the Sixers loss to the worst team in the league, the Cleveland Cavaliers.
It is not a coincidence that the Sixers, who had started the season 10-0 at home, lost their first home game of the year the first time Jenner shows up.
If the Jenner/Kardashian family has any shred of decency left, Kendall will never again show her face at the Wells Fargo Center."
Pretty strong words, right?
Well, it doesn't stop there, with whoever wrote the petition also appearing to lay blame at Jenner's door for a minor injury suffered by Jimmy Butler on the night;
"A 20 game home regular season win streak has been snapped, Ben Simmons’ career is in jeopardy, and an innocent man in Jimmy Butler is injured.
The madness must stop. BAN KENDALL JENNER FROM THE WELLS FARGO CENTER."
Thus far, the petition has garnered more than 9,600 signatures. Jimmy Buttler, by the way, hit the game-winner against the Brooklyn Nets just three days later.
Over to you, Kendall.
You can read the whole petition here.