NBA Player Ben Simmons Makes Opponent 'Tap Out' After Putting Him In Rear-Naked Choke Hold
Philadelphia 76ers point guard Ben Simmons was involved in a huge brawl on Wednesday night after teammate Joel Embiid went head-to-head with Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns.
On Game 7 of the 2019 World Series, both Embiid and Towns had been physical with each other all evening but things eventually boiled over in the third quarter when the pair erupted in a scene of total and utter chaos.
And when I say chaos, genuine punches were thrown and a rear-naked choke hold was applied by Simmons - not to mention the eye gauge from a furious Embiid.
Both players were eventually ejected from the game as Embiid received a standing ovation from the home crowd.
There was even a reaction from KAT's parents as the Philadelphia player walked off.
Karl's parents reprimanding jojo as he exits the tunnel. #Tellemmama pic.twitter.com/x5VHcQyMRT
- Cole Aldrich (@colea45) October 31, 2019
As you can imagine, social media was at its finest after these quite extraordinary scenes at the Wells Fargo Center.
Ben Simmons put KAT in a choke hold :joy::joy::joy:
KAT tapped out. pic.twitter.com/30bixFUU6Z
- Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) October 31, 2019
DONT EVER QUESTION BEN SIMMONS AND JOEL EMBIID'S FRIENDSHIP AGAIN.
BEN PUT THAT MAN IN A CHOKEHOLD FOR JOJO
- Drew Corrigan (@Dcorrigan50) October 31, 2019
FIGHT! Ben Simmons made KAT tap out!! pic.twitter.com/l3M4Mnrb8t
- Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) October 31, 2019
.@JoelEmbiid's post-fight Instagram pic.twitter.com/oGVFY9qvpS
- SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 31, 2019
Following the game, which eventually finished 117-95 to the 76ers, the former Kansas Jayhawks star claimed the NBA should not suspend him after the incident.
Embiid spoke about his tussle with Towns after the game:
"That's what I'm good at," Embiid told reporters. "I like to get in people's minds. I know [my teammates have my back]. That's what I love about this team. We love each other. ... It goes beyond basketball.
"I didn't throw any punches. So I shouldn't be suspended."
Joel Embiid on the fight with Karl Anthony Towns:
"First of all, I ain't no bitch."
(this is a Mike Scott reference for those not following the Sixers last April)
"I was built for this city and they were built for me... you gotta be a Broad Street bully."
- Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) October 31, 2019
Joel Embiid makes it clear he only reacts. :eyes::100:#HereTheyCome #Sixers pic.twitter.com/koCEMZYN5Z
- Sixers Nation (@SixersNationCP) October 31, 2019
Thoughts on the above incident? What action should the NBA take?
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