Philadelphia 76ers players Joel Embiid and Amir Johnson were roundly criticized on Saturday after cameras caught them checking text messages on the bench during the team’s Game 1 playoff loss to Brooklyn. According to Embiid, however, there was a good reason for it.

Embiid said that Johnson’s daughter is very sick, and he happened to be checking his texts for an update when cameras caught them in the act.

Coach Brett Brown had previously called the incident “completely unacceptable.”