Report: Ben Simmons broke protocols in New York, took car back to Philadelphia without telling 76ers

Nick Kipper
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Philadelphia 76ers All-Star point guard Ben Simmons reportedly broke COVID-19 protocols for leaving New York City the same night Seth Curry tested positive during last Thursday’s game against the Brooklyn Nets.

According to Vincent Goodwill of Yahoo Sports, the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft did not stick around the team hotel and headed back to Philadelphia.

Simmons has missed the past two games since, appearing on Philadelphia’s injury report as out with “knee stiffness” against the Denver Nuggets on Jan. 9 and then “knee swelling” against the Atlanta Hawks on Monday.

The NBA fined the 76ers $25,000 for failing to list Simmons on the initial injury report for their matchup against Denver. Philadelphia ended up having nine total players out due to a combination of COVID-19 health and safety protocols and injuries.

The 76ers began the season as the hottest team in the league, compiling a 7-1 record before their current three-game losing streak. Simmons has remained consistent across the board, averaging 13.4 points, 8.8 rebounds and 7.0 assists per game this season.

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Nick is a graduate of Michigan State University and current Los Angeles transplant. He’s a tortured Detroit sports fan who vividly remembers the days of the ’04 Pistons and 0-16 Lions. He’s a copy editor at FOX Sports and previously worked as a reporter at the Michigan Capitol.