The Eagles have their own struggles to deal with, but they are being asked about the Sixers drama.
To Jason Kelce’s credit, he answered the question about Ben Simmons honestly and objectively. The fact of the matter is if you play in a city that is obsessed with sports, you will have to deal with the fans.
As I have stated many times, fan is short for fanatic or fanatical, which essentially means they are crazy.
Kelce correctly points out you are going to have your ups and downs with the fans, but if you play hard, the fans will respect you. No one respects Ben Simmons because he is acting like a crybaby. Even though Simmons has brought a lot of this on himself, he is playing the victim. Your feelings shouldn’t be hurt by your coach and teammates wanting you to be a better player.
“You write your own narrative,” Kelce said. “What’s going on, I don’t want to crush any other players, but what’s going on with the 76ers, Ben Simmons, stuff like that. All that is because of a lack of accountability, a lack of owning up to mistakes, and a lack of correcting things.
“If all that got corrected, you fix the free throws, if you’re getting better as a player, none of this is happening. Everybody can b— and complain about how tough this city is to play in. Just play better, man. This city will love you.”
It is as simple as that. If the criticism is valid, you really can’t complain.
Simmons was a horrible free throw shooter. Simmons is scared to shoot threes. In the playoffs, Simmons was scared to shoot at all.
If he just manned up, I believe the city would love him, but quitting in a practice will not endear you to anyone.
Kelce also took a parting shot at the City of Jacksonville.
“I really don’t think this is a hard place to play at. I’d be miserable if I played in Jacksonville, where no one cared.”
Flip the pages for Kelce’s full comments and some of the Twitter reactions.