Ben Simmons Camp on Fines: “We Don’t Give a F*ck about the Money”
During Ramona Shelburne’s latest report on Ben Simmons, we received an update on the current financial situation of the 3x All-Star. According to Shelburne, Simmons has been fined $19 million so far this season, $360,000 each game, and $12 million more could be added by the end of the season.
Philadelphia did provide Simmons the $8.25 million that was due at the start of the season but placed it in an escrow account and pulled out money for his initial fines. At this point, there has been no update on that, but it’s likely to assume all that money is back with the 76ers.
The 76ers have been sending Simmons fines for $1.375 million; usually the amount he received each paycheck from the team. Spotrac does have Simmons’ fines totaling a bit over $15 million, but ESPN’s number sounds more accurate since the 76ers’ guard seems to be feeding this information behind the scenes.
Anthony Gargano stated on 97.5 recently that Simmons lost sponsorships from Nike, Beats, and Essentia Water. No other reports have said this, but it makes sense he isn’t getting paid to sit at home and do nothing.
Simmons’ circle told Shelburne they “don’t give a fuck about the money,” citing Ben has made over $60 million so far over his career.
Cool. Still a loser. Sorry.
Not to mention, are we really supposed to believe that they don’t care about the money? Why did Ben Simmons show up to the Wells Fargo Center without notice, and clearly no intention to play? Furthermore, why did Ben Simmons then claim he was dealing with mental issues which was preventing him from playing? None of that would have mattered if he simply “didn’t give a fuck about the money.”
Simmons and whoever else is left in his camp continue to handle this entire situation like total idiots.
The best part is they claim they can earn it all back in arbitration when the Collective Bargaining Agreement clearly states Morey and the 76ers are in the right. The team has the right to fine Simmons for not participating and failing to provide updates on his mental health.
Following Kyrie Irving’s partial return, Simmons has surpassed him as the most fined player this season and is already the most fined player in NBA history.
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