Ben Simmons is tired of all the criticism from the people who don't understand what he went through the past year. The Brooklyn Nets star received a lot of bad comments following his collapse against the Atlanta Hawks in the 2021 NBA playoffs when he was still a member of the Philadelphia 76ers.
Following that moment, Simmons made a lot of enemies around the league. No matter what he said or did, they would always find a way to criticize him and blast him for whatever he did in the past. Well, Ben is tired of that and is not afraid to speak his mind against those who dare to criticize him.
During a recent appearance on JJ Redick's 'The Old Man and the Three' podcast, Simmons opened up on his struggles in Philly, how 76ers fans are always criticizing him, and even touched on the infamous passed-up dunk against the Hawks last year. Moreover, he also took the chance to fire some shots at certain people, calling them out for their comments.
Ben Simmons Takes A Shot At His 'LSU Brother' Shaquille O'Neal
Simmons was asked by Tommy Alter about all the bad comments he's received from people within the league and how that can affect him mentally. Ben said that no matter who you are or how rich you are, everybody struggles with mental health at some point and the bad comments don't help at all (1:10:53).
“People go through it… Doesn’t matter how much money you got, how famous you are, like it’s real, people go through everyday struggles… I think it’s kinda ignorant, like Shaq and Chuck sometimes what they’re saying. ‘Cause they have a platform to kind of like protect us and, you know, do good. Um, obviously they’re supposed to criticize us, you know, we’re basketball players. But when it comes to personal stuff there’s a level of respect they should have. Even Shaq, like, when I was dealing with everything going on, I actually messaged him and he put it out. And I was like, alright.”
Simmons mentioned Shaquille O'Neal and what the Big Diesel did when he criticized the Australian player. Ben didn't like that O'Neal aired that he had contacted the 4x NBA champion instead of asking what was going on with him, as he constantly says they are 'LSU brothers'.
“I DM’d him and I was like, ‘why are you saying this if you don’t even know the story?’ ‘Cause he always wants to say like yo, we’re LSU brothers, you’re my brother, all this, that. If you’re my LSU brother you would’ve reached out by now and it’s been months since I’ve been dealing with this. You ain’t reached out once and said like, ‘hey, you OK? Like, what’s going on?'”
Shaq repeatedly asked Simmons to 'man up' after the latter revealed he was dealing with some mental issues. Even after he left the 76ers and landed in Brooklyn, Shaq kept coming at Simmons, blasting him whenever he had the chance.
It's good to see that Simmons isn't afraid to speak his mind anymore and he will fire back at whoever decides to disrespect him. Of course, this won't be the end of this story, as Shaq will surely reply. Then again, Simmons isn't quiet anymore, and this could be the beginning of a very intense verbal war.