We’re Back: Ben Simmons gets hit with a $360,000 fine for missing last night’s game against the Pistons
The Philadelphia 76ers are back to fining Ben Simmons for missing basketball games. Woj Bomb dropped a few minutes ago stating that Simmons will be getting fined until he shows more cooperation with team physicians on his mental health issues and fulfills other basketball-related obligations.
The Sixers will move Simmons’ salary back into an escrow account. They did this at the beginning of the season when Simmons was refusing to play for the 76ers at the start of training camp and into the early parts of this year. Once Ben Simmons met with Doc Rivers and his teammates and accepted responsibility for the events that had unfolded, the team stopped fining him as he was making the effort to get right mentally before rejoining the team. Not anymore. Daryl Morey recently approached Ben Simmons to talk with him about when he would be ready to play, Simmons stated he was still not right mentally. League sources said that the 76ers were hopeful he would return on the Sixers’ upcoming six game road trip, but now that doesn’t even seem to be a possibility.
At this point, we just have to move on from Ben Simmons. Time and time again, I have given this dude the benefit of the doubt. He has continuously let me down over and over again. I don’t think the Sixers should have ever stopped fining him. We’ll see what information is handed over to the 76ers organization from the medical team that Simmons has been working with, reportedly since the summer, now that he is getting fined again. We are inching closer to a situation that would indicate Ben Simmons lying about his mental health to avoid getting fined, all while still refusing to play basketball for the 76ers. That would be the darkest part of this timeline yet.
The 76ers are doing just fine without Ben Simmons. Tyrese Maxey continues to develop each game and they currently have the best record in the Eastern Conference at 7-2, which is good for first place. All of this and Joel Embiid hasn’t been himself since getting hurt in game one against the New Orleans Pelicans.
I’m back to fining Ben Simmons relentlessly and letting him sit until early 2022 when the trade deadline comes and some team out there is desperate enough they can change Ben Simmons for the better. None of this should have been this difficult. Ben Simmons comes back, he plays, he shoots, we trade him. Instead, he’s gone the opposite route and continues to make things tough on himself.
Luckily for Philadelphia, we’re already starting to move on and should continue to do so until we never have to hear about Ben Simmons again. The 76ers are back in action tomorrow night against the Chicago Bulls.
Enjoy the day off, everyone.