On strike to force his departure from Philadelphia, Ben Simmons received a first substantial financial sanction. The Pennsylvania franchise withheld a quarter of his salary ($ 8.5 million) he was due on Friday. There may also be fines of $ 227,000 per game missed.
The Ben Simmons case is gaining momentum in Philadelphia. Eager to leave the franchise for which he has played since 2016, the year of his arrival in the NBA, the 25-year-old strong Australian point guard / winger has engaged in a standoff with it. And these many weeks of clash lead to a first sanction. Simmons, who has not made it to training camp and is said to be willing to miss the start of the season, if not more, to force his departure, did not receive a quarter of his $ 33 million salary he was due on Friday, or $ 8.25 million. According to ESPN, this amount was paid by the franchise into an escrow account. His idea is simple, as long as Ben Simmons stays away from the group, he won’t be paid. Worse, he will have to pay a fine of around $ 227,000 for each missed game.
$227,000 fine per missed game
The bill can be very salty and could swell as early as Monday, the day of the first of four preseason games for the Pennsylvania franchise, on the Toronto floor. The media from across the Atlantic indicates that each fine imposed on the triple All-Star will be taken from this escrow account and will only lower its due. This sanction is to be marked with a hot iron but it is anything but a surprise. ESPN adds that the possibility of withholding part of his salary was raised in September during a meeting between the franchise and the player, and the latter then saw no objection. Ben Simmons’ behavior disappoints team star Joel Embiid. This week in front of the cameras, the Cameroonian hub described the actions of his teammate as “lack of respect for all the guys who fight as if their life depends on it” on the floors. The soap opera is far from over.