Philadelphia 76ers fans are already turning to Ben Simmons and now even the local media have joined in.
Vision went viral overnight with Fox 29’s Mike Jerrick targeting Simmons during a sports segment, showing video of a dumpster floating in flood waters.
He then joked that Simmons was “rushing out of Philadelphia.”
The original video is actually from Wilmington, Delaware, but was later used by Twitter user Anthony Moore to roast Simmons.
The video has been described as petty by some, with others claiming it proves Sixers superstar Joel Embiid’s take on Philadelphia fans.
Embiid took to Twitter earlier in the week to silence rumors of a split between him and Simmons and also slammed Sixers fans.
“I haven’t forgotten but 2 years ago I was booed, people in Philly wanted me to be traded,” he wrote.
“I even silenced them. Only the real ones didn’t, but I just worked this offseason to be better because I knew I wasn’t playing to my potential. Philly fans, you have to be better too.
He’s far from the only Sixer calling out Philadelphia fans, with Danny Green calling them “cold” and “rough” in July while calling on them to show more “respect” to Simmons.
“I hope the thing turns out for him and the city of Philly, so where they don’t have that mantra as fans of being cold, rude and one of the worst in the league, because we had a great time this year, we had a great outing, ”he said.
NBA greats Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley, however, have said a change of scenery will benefit both Simmons and the Sixers.
“The Philly fans have abandoned him, or are starting to abandon him,” O’Neal said on Complex.
“It will probably be good for him to go elsewhere.”
Barkley, meanwhile, said on ‘The Mike Missanelli Show’: “I think what annoys the Philadelphia fans the most, and I’ve been here 36 years, I think they’re angry because he is scared”.
“I use that analogy, when you watch the Milwaukee Bucks play and this boy Giannis isn’t a better free throw shooter than Ben Simmons, but he’s not scared.
“You have to admire this. He doesn’t care if he misses 100, he doesn’t run away from the ball. This guy is playing so hard, you have to admire him.
“The hardest thing, not just as a basketball player but as a person, is looking at yourself in the mirror and saying it’s my fault that I don’t do it. It’s a really hard thing.
“I’m not sure there is a single person in the Sixers organization that Ben Simmons had since day one that gave him such a hard love.”