Ben Simmons can’t catch a break in the local Philadelphia media circuit.
Eugene Bozzi — the 26-year-old Philadelphia native, who went viral last week for catching an alligator in a trash can — joined CBS Philly on Monday and took a shot at the Sixers’ estranged point guard.
“I just jumped into action and thought, you know what, ‘I’m not going to be Ben Simmons. I’m gonna get me this basket,’” Bozzi said about what he was thinking during the heroic act.
“Ouch, with the Ben Simmons dig,” the news anchor replied, laughing.
The Philadelphia media has not spared Simmons during daily broadcasts amidst his standoff with the Sixers. Local news stations have trolled the All-Star guard, comparing him to a dumpster, among other things on-air.
One Philadelphia weatherman criticized Simmons for not showing up to work — referencing his absence at the Sixers’ media day and training camp.
While Simmons has yet to address the holdout, as we waits for a trade, the Sixers have been responsive about the situation.
Days after head coach Doc Rivers and president of basketball operations, Daryl Morey made public pleas that they want Simmons back with the team, the Sixers decided not to pay him.
On Friday, Simmons was owed $8.25 million, his second payment this season, but the Sixers reportedly withheld the money due to his ongoing absence.
Simmons currently has four years remaining on the five-year $170 million max deal he signed in 2019.