Sixers’ Ben Simmons tees off on Trump’s protest comments
Last weekend, President Donald Trump rocked both the political and sports world with his recent comments on national anthem protests.
At a rally in Huntsville, Ala., Trump told the crowd that NFL owners should fire any players who kneel during the anthem and followed up by calling them a “son of a bitch.”
In addition to his comments in Alabama, Trump took to Twitter to rescind his invitation to the White House from Stephen Curry and the Golden State.
Based on those two incidents, athletes from both the NFL and NBA spoke out against Trump’s comments, including Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James.
However, James and Curry weren’t the only the NBA players speaking out about Trump. At Sixers’ media day, last year’s first overall pick Ben Simmons was asked about Trump’s divisive comments and he did not hold back.
“I think he’s an idiot,” Simmons told Olgun Uluc of Fox Sports Australia. “If we were in Australia right now, a lot of people would call him a [expletive], and that’s how I personally feel.”
Furthermore, Simmons continued to talk about how he feels Trump isn’t the right person to lead the country.
“Some of the comments he’s just made about players, the NFL, the anthem. Everyone respects America, and everyone thinks America is a great country, but he’s the wrong person to be in charge of it.”
The former LSU product isn’t the only player on the team to speak out as J.J. Redick voiced his frustrations, too.
“Also I’m not sure he understands the definition of the word privilege, which that was probably the thing that bothered me the most of all the comments this weekend,” Redick said in an interview with Sports Illustrated.
With training camps kicking off across the league and preseason games not too far behind, it will be interesting to see if the Sixers or any team show any form of protest.