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Ben Simmons tees off on NCAA, LSU in new interview

Ben Simmons has been a vocal critic of the NCAA, and in a new interview, he takes even more shots at the organization and LSU, the school where he spent a year before going pro.

In a conversation with Uninterrupted’s Maverick Carter, the 76ers star tees off on the one-and-done rule, claiming he learned more from his first year in the pros than he did the entire time he was in Baton Rouge.

“If we didn’t [go to college for a year], a lot of people would be losing money, so I think that’s the main reason. If the NCAA didn’t have the stars coming through then people wouldn’t be watching.”

“I think I would have learned a lot more by being around professional athletes. Looking at it now, I don’t even know what I learned financially or just being a person at LSU. I think I’ve learned a lot more with this last year being in Philly and being a pro, than I did at LSU.”

…Well, maybe that’s because you never went to class, Ben. Unfortunately, what Simmons still doesn’t seem to understand is that the one-and-done rule is actually the NBA’s, not the NCAA’s. Regardless, he didn’t stop there, criticizing the organization and LSU for exploiting his image.

“When they started asking more of me, like more photos shoots and meeting with them and things I had to do throughout the day. I’d have class and then I would go lift, have practice, then ‘Oh Ben, you have to stay and do media and the photo shoot. I would be kind of annoyed, like ‘What am I getting out of this?’”

“It’s a dirty business… You have to put up with it, but at the same time it taught me a lot. I have an image and people use it, but now I have the opportunity to control that, what I do and who I work with. It helped me, but at the same time I felt it was very sneaky.”

We can debate about the one-and-done rule all day, but until the NBA, the Players’ Association, and the NCAA come to an agreement, it ain’t going anywhere. Also, how telling is it that Simmons blasts the rule, LSU, and in turn, Johnny Jones for not teaching him anything while John Calipari’s biggest stars always praise their days in Lexington and continue to give back to the program?

Watch the interview with Simmons at the link below, or do yourself a favor and watch John Wall’s UK Athletics Hall of Fame speech instead. You’ll thank me later.


Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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25 responses to “Ben Simmons tees off on NCAA, LSU in new interview”

  1. UKinIN

    Simmons was a mercenary. Pure and simple. It’s impossible to think a kid with that attitude went to school for free.

  2. EdC

    I hope some UK 1 and dones chime in on this. Never hear any of them say anything bad about their year of UK and Cal absolutely gets them lots of financial training, sports psychology, media relations. Shouldn’t have gone to LSU if you expected to get trained on how to be a pro Simmons.

    1. Rembrandt

      Why would former Wildcats chime in? Our guys would be stupid to get involved in this.

    2. EdC

      Because they had exactly the opposite experience to what Simmons had. They all know it and seem to be all very pro UK no matter how many years they played here. Believe it or not, some people will stand up and be counted when someone is being a jerk. Simmons is trying to bundle all of college basketball into his farce and it just isn’t true of all schools.

  3. Trevor

    I am originally from Philly so I try to give Ben a pass but I can see that his biggest mistake was where he decided to go. First, like it was mentioned in the article…Ben, the One and Done is an NBA rule, not an NCAA rule. The NCAA does some messed up stuff but you can’t blame them for eating at the table that the NBA set. Second, you are talking about not learning anything or growing under Johnny Jones. WHAT DID YOU EXPECT!?!?!? Johnny is a waste of space. I guarantee you would have went to class under Cal!

    1. ukjaybrat

      “I guarantee you would have went to class under Cal!”

      Which is why he didn’t come to UK. he didn’t want to go to class.

    2. STLouisBBFan

      With Simmons’ attitude, he would have had a bad experience anywhere he went. He didn’t even try on the court. It’s on him.

  4. KatsKlaws

    Ha His comment reminds me of how they were doing Liam at his new school, for those of you that watched Shameless Sunday night, 😂

  5. notFromhere

    He still has a lot to learn, obviously. He was at LSU less than a year. His first year in the NBA was 3 mos longer than he was “attending” LSU.

    No one made him go to LSU and learn nothing. He made those choices and decided to waste his time. Too bad he still hasn’t learned that.

    EVERYONE learns more at their first real, but boy/girl job than they do their first year in college, even the ones that go to class. It’s because they are or should be focused on that job for at least 2.5 times the hours they were supposed to spend in class each week. More if they really care about their jobs.

    ..but, Ben, most people actually work rather than play for 40hrs+ per week. Really. So no one cares that you wasted your year at LSU rather than make the most of it, like the guys that went to UK.

    1. notFromhere

      Even though I’m not a fan of THE NBA RULE, it’s still a buncha “waa, waaa, waaaaa” and why Lebron is able to dominate it so much. Bunch of whiners

    2. Han

      I still remember a game where one of his teammates made the game winning shot, and as his teammates celebrated, he was sulking by himself because he didn’t get to take the shot.

      He’s got a ton of talent, but he’s got the kind of attitude you don’t want to see on your team. I don’t remember if Cal recruited him much (he was the top prospect), but Cal tends to avoid the me-first types.

  6. Catlogic15

    Simmons is the exception not the rule.

  7. Luether

    Boo Hoo! Ben Simmons is SUCH a victim. Must be a DemocRat…

    1. Bluebros

      Sigh…You are dumb Lether.

    2. UK Big Board Update

      Luether voted for Roy Moore….

    3. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door

      Awesome Big Board! 👍

  8. runningunnin.454

    First, he attended the wrong school, and played for the wrong coach,
    Second, we all observed his poor attitude that poisoned the LSU team, and
    Third, he didn’t play at all last season…don’t see how he could learn very much sitting on his butt.

  9. Han

    “What am I getting out of this?” Free school and publicity.

    No one made him go to college. He just couldn’t go into the NBA yet because of their rule. He could’ve played overseas or just worked out with trainer or something. He chose to go to college.

    There’s plenty wrong with the system, and they do exploit players, but players can get a lot out of that year of school if they bother.

  10. BigBlueSkyDog

    Ben who?

  11. RexRox

    WOW! Take the time to listen to John Wall’s speech.

  12. TBW3011

    He’s a f’n idiot.

  13. nybrasky

    He’s just not a very likeable guy and that will hurt him financially because he’ll never be a commercial star (maybe in Oz).

    He should be mad at his family and godfather for pimping him out for his godfather’s benefit. Maybe Ben should have asked him, “what am I getting out of this?”

  14. 4everUKblue

    Man if the Wall speech doesn’t hit you nothing will.

  15. StuckinLville

    That’s his fault for going to LSU instead of UK or even Duke for that matter. One and dones need to go where there is competition, not a cake walk. Plus, players like him should just go to the G League. His attitude is horrible.

  16. Kychopsticks

    Sorry Tyler, I couldn’t even finish the article and Ben is to Blame.. But way to stick the landing with the Wall induction video!