Ben Simmons suspended for refusing to participate in next stage of practice

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Adrian Wojnarowski: Ben Simmons was tossed early in practice, essentially for a refusal to participate in the next stage of the session, sources tell ESPN.
Source: Twitter @wojespn

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Derek Bodner @DerekBodnerNBA
Joel Embiid, on whether he’s thought about trying to convince Ben Simmons to buy back in to the team: “I’m not here to babysit.” – 12:45 PM

Jeff Eisenband @JeffEisenband
Rich Paul showing Ben Simmons how to get paid while still forcing his way out. pic.twitter.com/qeM27RP68s12:42 PM

Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Joel Embiid says he has not talked to Ben Simmons. – 12:42 PM

Tom Moore @TomMoorePhilly
#Sixers star center Joel Embiid on Ben Simmons being suspended: pic.twitter.com/pUTyowIsLb12:41 PM

Jon Hamm @JonMHamm
Ben Simmons at practice this Thursday: pic.twitter.com/qBLNsaJFQe12:39 PM

Jeff Eisenband @JeffEisenband
Ben Simmons watching the Sixers get flooded by the Pelicans on Wednesday night. pic.twitter.com/qBdI9FtB5d12:39 PM

Tom Moore @TomMoorePhilly
#Sixers coach Doc Rivers: ‘Today (Ben Simmons) didn’t want to be here.’ – 12:39 PM

Justin Grasso @JGrasso_
Doc Rivers says that Ben Simmons will be welcomed back to practice on Thursday if he wants to be back #Sixers12:38 PM

Tom Moore @TomMoorePhilly
#Sixers coach Doc Rivers on kicking Ben Simmons out of practice: Unclear when Simmons will be back, but would welcome somebody back if he wants to be here. – 12:37 PM

Serena Winters @SerenaWinters
Doc Rivers on Ben Simmons: “He was a distraction today, I didn’t think he wanted to do what everybody else was doing. It was early, it wasn’t a big deal. I just told him, he should leave then, and we went on with practice.” #Sixers12:37 PM

Jon Johnson @jonjohnsonwip
“He can help us.” – Doc Rivers on why Ben Simmons will still be allowed back after suspension. – 12:37 PM

Justin Grasso @JGrasso_
Doc Rivers says the #Sixers remain focused with the Ben Simmons drama going on. He thinks the players will always welcome him back in if he wants to play – 12:36 PM

Noah Levick @NoahLevick
Doc Rivers says he thought Ben Simmons was a distraction and that’s why he removed him from practice early today. – 12:35 PM

Derek Bodner @DerekBodnerNBA
Doc Rivers says he felt like Ben Simmons was a distraction today: “I didn’t think he wanted to do what everyone else was doing.”
Rivers says he is going to give Simmons every chance to join the team, but he has to protect the team. – 12:35 PM

Justin Grasso @JGrasso_
Doc Rivers says every day and every moment he’s gonna give Ben Simmons a chance to be a part of the team. But at the end of the day, he has to protect the team #Sixers12:34 PM

Tom Moore @TomMoorePhilly
#NBA story: #Sixers suspend Ben Simmons for opener due to ‘conduct detrimental to the team’ and he doesn’t speak to media once again: bit.ly/3DTSnlX #76ers pic.twitter.com/vrxMIEkUnJ12:34 PM

Justin Grasso @JGrasso_
Doc Rivers says he thought Ben Simmons was a distraction today #Sixers12:34 PM

Adam Wexler @AdamJWexler
Here was Ben Simmons (not) in the post-practice huddle yesterday. And then exiting.
Per @Keith Pompey, he was booted from practice today for not being engaged. pic.twitter.com/id4ctcoZvn12:31 PM

The Vertical @YahooSportsNBA
Ben Simmons trying to leave Philly like pic.twitter.com/ixUiTFXzad12:28 PM

Kamenetzky Brothers @KamBrothers
Imagine the shit Ben Simmons would be pulling if he was coming off a good playoffs. AK – 12:27 PM

Noah Levick @NoahLevick
Expecting to hear from Doc Rivers soon on Ben Simmons’ suspension for “conduct detrimental to the team”
nbcsports.com/philadelphia/s…12:27 PM

Chris Mannix @SIChrisMannix
Doc Rivers threw Ben Simmons out of practice, source confirms to @SInow. Simmons was not engaged in what the Sixers were doing. Suspension came quickly after. – 12:27 PM

Tom Moore @TomMoorePhilly
Told Ben Simmons was at today’s #Sixers practice ‘at one point.’ – 12:25 PM

The Ringer @ringernba
Doc Rivers threw Ben Simmons out of practice like pic.twitter.com/M2AxvmdMy112:24 PM

Callie Caplan @CallieCaplan
After Mavs practice today, Luka is set to talk to media for the first time since media day.
Unless, of course, he pulls a Ben Simmons. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
What do you want to know? pic.twitter.com/sZFR0JAaH512:24 PM

Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
Doc Rivers to Ben Simmons today at practice: pic.twitter.com/sjoKT1ua0W12:23 PM

Derek Bodner @DerekBodnerNBA
LSU Ben Simmons has entered the chat – 12:23 PM

Jon Johnson @jonjohnsonwip
Clearly, Ben Simmons is out to cause a problem, in-house now. Can’t have him near team again, IMO. – 12:22 PM

Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds
Predict Ben Simmons’ next move:
I’ll go with him executing The Spicoli: Have a pizza delivered to practice and tell Doc that he’s going to have lunch on “our time.” pic.twitter.com/CgSuqqQ2jR12:22 PM

Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
Things seem a bit rocky in Philly… I wonder if Ben Simmons is unhappy and if he might even consider demanding a trade! – 12:21 PM

Yaron Weitzman @YaronWeitzman
According to a sources, Ben Simmons was thrown out of practice by Doc Rivers – 12:20 PM

Tom Moore @TomMoorePhilly
Unclear if Ben Simmons was at #Sixers practice today. It’s still going on at the moment. – 12:20 PM

Justin Grasso @JGrasso_
#Sixers confirm Ben Simmons will not talk today. Doc Rivers will speak on what happened soon – 12:20 PM

Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn
Sixers coach Doc Rivers threw Ben Simmons out of practice today and the suspension came shortly thereafter, sources tell ESPN. – 12:19 PM

Ryan McDonough @McDNBA
Ben Simmons response when Morey asked him what was in his pocket during practice pic.twitter.com/v2KCOuZFHW12:19 PM

Tom Moore @TomMoorePhilly
The #Sixers‘ Ben Simmons not talking today, after all. pic.twitter.com/BvM9wS09G912:18 PM

Justin Grasso @JGrasso_
Ben Simmons is not talking to the media today per @Kyle Neubeck12:18 PM

Jon Johnson @jonjohnsonwip
Ben Simmons is NOT talking today. – 12:17 PM

Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
Ben Simmons was kicked out of today’s practice for no being engaged, according to sources. #Sixers12:17 PM

John Karalis @RedsArmy_John
Great adjustment by Ben Simmons realizing that instead of sitting home on his own, he can go to be a bigger distraction in person and have the team send him home instead. – 12:17 PM

Kyle Neubeck @KyleNeubeck
Ben Simmons is not talking today, I’m told, and was suspended due to an event that happened at practice today – 12:17 PM

Chris Mannix @SIChrisMannix
Ben Simmons suspended, per Sixers pic.twitter.com/vc6bSP8OXn12:16 PM

Paul Pierce @paulpierce34
The Philadelphia 76’ers need to resolve this Ben Simmons situation not good u don’t want to have a toxic culture when u trying to win a chip thoughts? – 12:16 PM

Marc Stein @TheSteinLine
The Sixers have announced a one-game suspension of Ben Simmons that officially rules him out of Wednesday’s season opener at New Orleans. pic.twitter.com/dxI2s2O1Wh12:14 PM

Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
The #Sixers suspended Ben Simmons one game for conduct detrimental to the team. He will miss Wednesday’s game at the New Orleans Pelicans. – 12:14 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
No tax savings for Philadelphia on the Ben Simmons’ one-game suspension.
Team-issued discipline does not come with tax savings. Only league-issued discipline comes with tax savings. – 12:14 PM

Doug Smith @SmithRaps
Sixers suspend Ben Simmons a game for “conduct detrimental to the team.”
This story cannot ever end, please – 12:13 PM

Rod Beard @detnewsRodBeard
#Sixers Ben Simmons is suspended one game for conduct detrimental to the team. He’ll miss Wednesday’s game at #Pelicans12:13 PM

Malika Andrews @malika_andrews
The 76ers say Ben Simmons has been suspended for one game for “detrimental conduct” to the team.
Simmons will not play the 76ers’ season opener at New Orleans Wednesday night. – 12:12 PM

Jeff Zillgitt @JeffZillgitt
Sixers suspend Ben Simmons for one game due to conduct detrimental to the team, team says in news release. He won’t play tomorrow vs. New Orleans. – 12:12 PM

Marc J. Spears @MarcJSpears
Sixers say Ben Simmons has been suspended for one game due to conduct detrimental to the team. As a result, Simmons will miss the 76ers’ season opener at New Orleans tomorrow night. – 12:12 PM

Tom Moore @TomMoorePhilly
#Sixers Ben Simmons has been suspended for the opener due to ‘contact detrimental to the team.’ – 12:12 PM

Jon Johnson @jonjohnsonwip
Sixers have suspended Ben Simmons for one game for conduct detrimental to the team. – 12:12 PM

Michael Scotto @MikeAScotto
Ben Simmons has been suspended for one game due to conduct detrimental to the team. Simmons will miss the 76ers’ season opener at New Orleans tomorrow night, team says in a statement. – 12:12 PM

Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
Ben Simmons has been suspended 1 game #Sixers pic.twitter.com/mWY4CPqdQv12:12 PM

Noah Levick @NoahLevick
Sixers announce Ben Simmons has been suspended one game for conduct detrimental to the team. – 12:12 PM

Justin Grasso @JGrasso_
The #Sixers have suspended Ben Simmons for one game. He will miss tomorrow’s game – 12:12 PM

Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
The Sixers announce they have suspended Ben Simmons for one game for conduct detrimental to the team. He will serve the suspension tomorrow for the opener against the Pelicans. – 12:11 PM

Ian Begley @IanBegley
Sixers say Ben Simmons has been suspended for one game due to conduct detrimental to the team. As a result, Simmons will miss the 76ers’ season opener at New Orleans tomorrow night. – 12:11 PM

Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds
76ers statement: Ben Simmons has been suspended for one game due to conduct detrimental to the team. As a result, Simmons will miss the 76ers’ season opener at New Orleans tomorrow night. – 12:11 PM

Shams Charania @ShamsCharania
76ers have suspended Ben Simmons for one game due to conduct detrimental to the team. – 12:11 PM

Yaron Weitzman @YaronWeitzman
The 76ers announce that “Ben Simmons has been suspended for one game due to conduct detrimental to the team. As a result, Simmons will miss the 76ers’ season opener at New Orleans tomorrow night” – 12:11 PM

Kyle Neubeck @KyleNeubeck
Ben Simmons has been suspended for one game due to conduct detrimental to the team. As a result, Simmons will miss the 76ers’ season opener at New Orleans tomorrow night. – 12:11 PM

JD Shaw @JShawNBA
The Sixers have suspended Ben Simmons for one game due to conduct detrimental to the team. – 12:10 PM

Wes Goldberg @wcgoldberg
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Tom Ziller @teamziller
I’m not on Twitter all day so I’m always interested and sometimes mortified to see what NBA fans obsessed about when I log on.
Y’all were literally watching Ben Simmons’ pockets?? – 6:34 AM

Andrew Sharp @andrewsharp
Listening back to a podcast we just recorded. Realizing I now take at least three unnecessary potshots at Ben Simmons per episode. May need to #BeBetter10:48 PM

Kyle Neubeck @KyleNeubeck
At the risk of turning my mentions into even more of a tire fire, I am curious — what questions do you want asked of Ben Simmons if he does indeed speak tomorrow? – 4:42 PM

Sam Amick @sam_amick
As detailed in here in this season preview column at @TheAthletic, a source with knowledge of Ben Simmons’ situation said his intent is to play in actual games. The factors that will lead to that happening, however, remain a mystery.
theathletic.com/2896455/2021/1…4:33 PM

Justin Kubatko @jkubatko
📅 On this day in 2017, Ben Simmons had 18 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists in his NBA debut with the @Sixers.
Simmons is one of only three players since the ABA-NBA merger to record at least 15p/10r/5a in his first career game (Grant Hill and Deandre Ayton). pic.twitter.com/k5r9irWYA64:01 PM

Gina Mizell @ginamizell
I watched Ben Simmons partake in Sixers practice activities with my own eyeballs today inquirer.com/sixers/sixers-…3:51 PM

Jeff Eisenband @JeffEisenband
Ben Simmons practicing in sweatpants with his phone in his pocket. pic.twitter.com/MEdQLxudcK3:41 PM

Rich Hoffman @rich_hofmann
Doc Rivers on the Sixers’ team chemistry with Ben Simmons back: “It’ll grow, it’ll come back… You see a little bit at a time and way more today than yesterday. And it’s just gonna keep getting better. I’ve been in this situation before, this is how it works.”
We will see… pic.twitter.com/hE2r1cfDnD3:10 PM

Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
#Sixers fan William Elms wants Ben Simmons to remain with the team. Here’s what he had to say: pic.twitter.com/6HgdYU3b682:16 PM

Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
#Sixers fan Will Elms was outside of the team practice facility to show Ben Simmons support and hopefully get an autograph. pic.twitter.com/IGWAXymmiN1:55 PM

Gina Mizell @ginamizell
Tyrese Maxey, who is also represented by Klutch, on Ben Simmons’ return to Sixers practice: “Friendships are bigger than basketball, bigger than the profession. At the end of the day, a friend is a friend. Ben’s been a friend since before I got drafted.” – 1:49 PM

Noah Levick @NoahLevick
Tyrese Maxey on Ben Simmons: “Friendships are bigger than basketball. … Ben’s been a friend since before I got drafted.” – 1:41 PM

Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
Tyrese Maxey: “Ben Simmons looks like Ben Simmons” #Sixers pic.twitter.com/FrTtJmhN4B1:38 PM

Tom Moore @TomMoorePhilly
#Sixers guard Tyrese Maxey: ‘I feel a lot more comfortable than (as a rookie).’ As for Ben Simmons: ‘It’s great to have him back. Great vibes. Great energy. He’s Ben Simmons. We just move on.’ – 1:38 PM

Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
Danny Green says that nothing has really changed since Ben Simmons returned. They’re just working on getting ready for Wednesday. #Sixers1:12 PM

Tom Moore @TomMoorePhilly
#Sixers F Georges Niang says it has been ‘good’ to practice with Ben Simmons the last two days. – 1:06 PM

Tom Moore @TomMoorePhilly
Doc Rivers on Ben Simmons not seeming to interact with his #Sixers teammates when media was allowed to watch: ‘It’ll grow.’ – 12:56 PM

Noah Levick @NoahLevick
Doc Rivers: Ben Simmons played more today, has been mixing in with the second unit. Sixers will continue to take their time with him. – 12:55 PM

Tom Moore @TomMoorePhilly
#Sixere coach Doc Rivers: Ben Simmons ‘played more’ today. ‘We’re just building.’ Says he has ‘no idea’ if Simmons will play Wednesday. – 12:54 PM

Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
Doc Rivers said that Ben Simmons took another step forward to playing today. He said he looked good. #Sixers12:54 PM

Rich Hoffman @rich_hofmann
At Sixers practice. Ben Simmons is here as the team goes through some defensive prep.
Team says Simmons will be speaking to media tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/LxwAyIqc3A12:46 PM

Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
Ben Simmons is in a #Sixers drill. pic.twitter.com/drWV36jkCD12:44 PM

Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
Ben Simmons will address the media tomorrow – 12:44 PM

Tom Moore @TomMoorePhilly
Ben Simmons is supposed to talk to media Tuesday. #Sixers12:44 PM

More on this storyline

Tim Bontemps: Doc Rivers: “I thought he was a distraction today. I didn’t think he wanted to do what everyone else was doing.” -via Twitter @TimBontemps / October 19, 2021

Tim Bontemps: Rivers: “I’m going to give Ben every chance to be part of the team … as a coach I have to protect the team first.” -via Twitter @TimBontemps / October 19, 2021

Tim Bontemps: Rivers: “My job as a coach is to keep trying to get guys to buy in … that’s my job. I’m not going to stop my job.” -via Twitter @TimBontemps / October 19, 2021