Philadelphia Fans Start ‘F**k Ben Simmons’ Chant At AEW Wrestling Event

Published 10/08/2021, 12:33 AM EDT
Jun 18, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young (11) works against Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons (25) during the first quarter in game six in the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports


The situation with Ben Simmons and Philadelphia keeps on taking new turns every day. His desire to not play for the organization is making everyone question his next destination. However, when it comes to fans, they show no mercy to the star.

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After a bad playoffs, Philly fans did not hold back against Simmons. The criticism came pouring down on the Australian star. With so much hate coming from the home fans themselves, Simmons started to distance himself from the organization.

Jan 25, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons (25) shoots in the second half against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Now, he has failed to appear to even training camp and things are in complete disarray. Likewise, with the frustration of playoffs still fresh, fans did not expect such behavior from their star. Recently, in a wrestling event, the fans in Philadelphia took it out.

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Fans show no mercy to Ben Simmons

AEW wrestling held an event in Philadelphia recently. While fans did show up for wrestling, Philadelphia leaves no chance to show their frustration. Hence, they started a chant for Ben Simmons, and it’s safe to say it wasn’t a chant of support. With some of the most ruthless fans, this reaction is anything but a surprise. The fans started a ‘F**k Ben Simmons’ chant at the AEW wrestling event.

While it isn’t directly related to the fans, their reactions may have played a part in Simmons’ behavior. When a star goes through a bad phase, all he expects is support to bounce back stronger. The primary support comes in from the fans and those close. However, the fans took the opposite approach and held Simmons accountable for their playoff failures.

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Looking at how they treated him, it isn’t surprising to see Simmons have this reaction. While he did have a bad playoff run last year, it was a phase. But the fans and organization put all the blame on him. As a player, why would he want to play for a team that shows him no support during his bad days? Hence, through the summer, Ben shut down all communication and then said that he will not return to Philadelphia.

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Despite the threat of heavy fines, he remains firm in his decision. With no hope of his return to Philly, they will have to let go of him soon. Looking back at the whole situation, it sure could have been handled better from both sides. Where do you think Ben Simmons will end up at the start of the regular season? Let us know in the comments below.

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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