Ben Simmons got what he wanted: a fresh, new start for a contending team. But the latest move left a bad taste among Sixers fans. One radio host labeled him a fraud, charlatan, and fake phony.
Ben Simmons used mental health as shield
Mental health has become a sacred topic among athletes nowadays. Never has there been a time that mental health has been given the utmost recognition and importance than today. It makes quitting major tournaments valid or skipping games excusable. However, those who use mental health to skip games and force a trade, just like what many believed Ben Simmons did in Philadelphia, there will be no holding back for the backlash they receive from the media and the fans.
Radio host Ben Maller believes Simmons used mental health to skip games in Philly because of the happy disposition the Australian now has in his new team.
"Ben Simmons has all but confirmed by his actions that the conspiracy theorists the whack-a-doodles said were true all right. Ben Simmons in Philadelphia was a charlatan, a fake a phony, and a fraud and this guy has been hiding behind the mental health card knowing that makes you untouchable."
Lest we forget, the lefty forward refused to work with the health professionals the Sixers front office provided to check his recovery from mental health issues. Ben claimed he had been seeing health professionals with the help of the National Basketball Players Association but refused to share with the Philadelphia 76ers details of those meetings. That could have been the best way to prove he had mental health problems and his concerns were legit and not imaginary.
Simmons should prepare for the consequences in Brooklyn
Ben seemed happy talking with his new teammates on the sidelines. He has yet to play, but the ultimate test would be when he finally suits up for the Brooklyn Nets. The pressure to deliver is greater in Brooklyn as the team is trying to salvage what's left of their season. If Ben thinks he could get away from increased scrutiny in Brooklyn, he might be in for a rude awakening.
Simmons should know he can't use his mental health card anymore if things don't go as planned. The trick has already been used, and it won't fool anyone the second time around. If anyone wanted to be traded, it's their right to ask for it. But they should stop using mental health issues because it's not a light matter to those who really have it.