Ben Simmons, who has not played a game for the Philadelphia 76ers since reportedly requesting a trade in June, feels that the organization is worsening his mental health through “Fines, targeting and negative publicity,” according to Simmons’ agent and Klutch Sports CEO, Rich Paul.
In a report from The Athletic’s Shams Charania, Paul insists that the 76ers are attempting to force Simmons to play despite him informing the team that he is not mentally prepared to return to the court. “Which one is it?”
A 76ers spokesman told Charania that the organization is “Absolutely not” trying to force Simmons into playing and that they have been fully cooperative by providing resources for Simmons. The team’s position is that Simmons should participate in activities such as practices, shootarounds, and video sessions until there is information from the team’s mental health professional or from Simmons that states he is unable to do so.
Simmons met with the 76ers’ mental health specialist on Monday, but the team says it has yet to receive any information from the specialist or from Simmons that would preclude him from playing or practicing.