Aussie NBA Star Ben Simmons Has Labelled The Footy Show As 'Idiots'
Ben Simmons has taken aim at the Sunday Footy Show team, labelling co-host Kane Cornes as an "idiot".
The comments have reignited a 12-month long feud between the NBA superstar and the AFL television show.
Last year, the Aussie engaged in a war of words via social media with former Port Adelaide player Cornes following his visit Down Under.
Simmons made headlines after stating he was racially profiled during a trip to the Crown Casino in Melbourne.
Here's a short clip from my interview with @lindamarigliano for the #DoMore project. To view the full interview visit https://t.co/tilVl2jf2a pic.twitter.com/W9bob9s78C
- Ben Simmons (@BenSimmons25) September 10, 2020
The Philadelphia 76ers guard and his group of friends were subsequently denied entry to the venue, but reports later surfaced claiming that the reason for their barring was because Simmons failed to produce ID.
This resulted in Cornes and the Footy Show going after Simmons relentlessly during his entire visit to Australia.
And it was during his time among AFL teams that he copped the most criticism.
"I'm sick of Ben Simmons. Head back to Philadelphia, Simmons," Cornes said on the Sunday Footy Show after seeing the 24-year-old don a Melbourne Demons jumper despite being an Essendon Bombers fan.
"Gee whiz I'm sick of Ben Simmons!"
Vol-Kane-O has erupted over the Philadelphia 76ers superstar.#9AFLSFS pic.twitter.com/w97mHoDuyf
- Sunday Footy Show (@SunFootyShow) August 11, 2019
Wayne Carey chimes in on the discussion around Ben Simmons.#TalkingFooty pic.twitter.com/mM8LqBR0Gi
- 7AFL (@7AFL) August 12, 2019
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"He was there at the Essendon game, then he's down at Punt Road. So he's an Essendon supporter, a massive one, he's gone to Punt Road and then he's got a Melbourne jumper on yesterday.
"Ben, which is it? Pick your team! Head off son."
It didn't take long for Simmons' rebuttal.
He initially took to social media to slam Cornes for his comments, but now - almost 12 months later - the Sixers star has finally voiced how he really feels.
"The only backlash I've had would be from bad writers, media people. They had some people on The Footy Show who were just idiots," Simmons told host Linda Marigliano for the DoMore campaign.
"I don't know his name. It just opened my eyes and made me realise that I'm old enough to know that's wrong and if you want to say certain things on TV and go about it that way then it just shows how you are."
The DoMore campaign is a powerful movement which encourages all Australians to come forward and share their experiences of racism and injustice.
Australia, now is the time to #DoMore https://t.co/Y4UWBLlNYY
- Ben Simmons (@BenSimmons25) August 25, 2020
Hugh Jackman, Margot Robbie, Nick Kyrgios, Ben Simmons and Sam Kerr are among the Australian celebrities featured in the new DoMore anti-racism campaign. pic.twitter.com/yarGgfGx9y
- SBS News (@SBSNews) August 26, 2020
Some of the biggest names in Australian sports and media have been involved - Simmons being one of them.
"I've had different altercations," he said.
"A recent one, was in Australia when I was back home. I felt myself and my friends were discriminated against, and were racially profiled. It was definitely a shock for me.
"It felt good that I had a lot of support. For me to speak up, I wanted to give other people that courage to feel the same way. Just because your appearance may be a little different, or you're from somewhere else, it doesn't matter. You shouldn't take people being negative, racist toward you, or feel less of a person."
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