Yeah, you read that right. How does a guy who signed a max contract in the NBA commit an NCAA violation? By practicing and scrimmaging with said team instead of playing for his NBA team:
Situation w Ben Simmons and #Sixers #NBA is disgraceful. But Simmons may now have created an issue for St Joe’s Basketball. I reported he at times is working out and scrimmaging w St Joes team. That I’m also told by someone in #NCAA @NCAA, that may be an NCAA Rules violation.
— Howard Eskin (@howardeskin) November 18, 2021
Ah, what a shame. St Joe’s may get an NCAA rules violation for knowingly letting an enemy of Philadelphia partake in practices? Hate to see it.
This is truly a deadly trio of things that nobody likes: Ben Simmons, St Joe’s, and the NCAA making ridiculous rules that are for the betterment of no one.
This situation continues to trend in a worse direction on the daily with Ben continuing to be fined $350k per missed game by the Sixers and Klutch speaking out against the team publicly. Add in the uncertainty around Embiid’s health and a five-game losing streak, and a hot start to the season is now muddied with questions about what happens next.
Hopefully, we can get a solid return for Ben at the deadline, but until then let’s hope St Joe’s gets hit with some hefty NCAA violations as a result of Philly’s favorite sabotage artist. Go Explorers.