Leave Philadelphia 76ers star Ben Simmons and Maya Jama and Wimbledon alone


What are Danny Green and Scott O’Neil thinking, telling you not to boo a coward? Usually booing is bad, but if you want to do it then cowards are the fairest game.

What was ABC thinking, mocking a player who will be on the air for the next decade? ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Company, as is ESPN. Good luck on your next post-game face-to-face with Simmons, the world leader in sport and bad jokes.

And what are we thinking here in Philly, trying to dictate Simmons’ off-season diversions? He’s a handsome 24-year-old multimillionaire who is drowning in money and swimming in a sea of ​​international renown. he is Assumed to lose $ 17.5 million on LA mansions. he is Assumed being neck and neck with stunners in tennis tournaments. It is the archetype.

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Simmons’ refusal to shoot and poor free throws have been the main reason the Sixers have been eliminated in all three playoffs that Simmons made in his five-year career. These are also the reasons Simmons gets booed. Nonetheless, Green and O’Neil believe that chastise fans who laugh at this dereliction of duty will somehow stop the boos. And why should he stop? Because the Sixers, and maybe other athletes, are too soft to take it.

“With a guy like Ben and other guys I think [fans] should stay behind them and stay by their side as long as they can, until the horn sounds, ”Green told John Clark on Clark’s Take off with John Clark podcast on July 8. “It has an effect on everyone, and I think it’s something that needs to change in this city. I love our fans, but when things aren’t going well they can’t turn on you.

Outrageous as the suggestion might sound, O’Neil’s warning was even crazier. Two days after Simmons’ worst basketball moment, in an interview touting his new autobiography, Be where your feet are, O’Neil – unsolicited – was brought in to advise people who pay both his and Simmons’ wages:

“I don’t understand the reaction of some of our players. I don’t understand some of the boos and treatment from some of the young men. If you ever understood the complexity of what you’re doing and the impact you have, versus their support, I think the behavior would change pretty drastically. This city has the reputation of not staying there for his career. I hope that will change. “

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Not only is this claim specious – most of the Philadelphia stars were happy to put up with derision until the checks bounced – it also reveals how thin the skin the Sixers and other players could be. It is true that some players have complained, from Mike “Beyond help” Schmidt, to Jimmy “Front-runners” Rollins, and even to Simmons himself, who said fans disgusted with the loss of the Sixers Game One in of the 2019 playoffs should “Stay on this side.”

A year later, Simmons took his side: he signed a five-year, $ 187 million contract extension.

Yet even that wasn’t enough to convince him to dunk Danilo Gallinari.

Saturday night ABC used 2 minutes of ESPYs award ceremony for poking fun at Simmons’ 34.2% free throw performance, which was the worst in playoff history.

Introduction: Simmons receives a special humanitarian award. The Punchline: The Simmons Shootout provided enough bricks to build orphanages.

It was done in bad taste. Maybe worse, it wasn’t funny at all.

Good thing Ben is busy.

Less than two weeks after being sent home for the summer, Simmons deposited $ 17.5 million at a 12,000 square foot, seven bedroom mansion outside Los Angeles, featuring a bonsai tree from interior. Look, the main line is awesome and everything – Jeffrey Lurie hosts awesome barbecues, and it’s about an hour from the Jersey Shore – but Simmons’ new neighbors are Kanye West and Paul George, and he’s a 30-minute walk away. minutes from Malibu. Not a difficult choice.

Then, last week, Simmons and Maya Jama, the delightfully named British TV and radio personality, were caught kissing in the stands at Wimbledon.

This is completely normal behavior. This is what the Ben Simmons of the world are Assumed make. Yet Philadelphia is outraged: He must do penance! He must be ashamed of himself!

  • Simmons would have to be at a sweaty gym in East Falls to practice his free throws with Herb Magee. Or …

  • Simmons is expected to return to Australia and prepare for the Olympics. Or …

  • Simmons should be on Joel Fish’s couch, examining his oedipal issues and chatting with the good doctor about the existential meaning of the word “clutch.”


Simmons needs time away from the training gym, he needs time away from the spotlight, and the last thing Philadelphia 76er fans should want is Ben Simmons to collapse on himself. Let him live.

Ben Simmons’ new girlfriend and new home are beautiful, exotic, and that’s none of our damn business.


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