Brooklyn Nets star Ben Simmons is on the crosshairs of the NBA fanbase… again. This time, Simmons is getting flak after suddenly being ruled out for Game 4 of the their series. Many fans felt like the former Sixers star should try to play through his injury, since it’s an elimination match. Many former and current players have already weighed in on this situation.
Now, a star from a different sport called out the star for his actions. Darius Slay, the star cornerback of the Philadelphia Eagles, did not like Ben Simmons’ decision to rest his back injury in Game 4. Similar to other critics of the Nets star, Slay pointed out that, well, it’s the playoffs. You can’t afford to miss games in the playoffs.
Ben weak af for that shit!! Still hope he have a great career but damn in the playoffs 🤦🏾♂️
— Darius Slay (@bigplay24slay) April 25, 2022
On one hand, it’s understandable why fans are seething at Simmons’ abrupt decision. With the Nets facing a 0-3 hole, most people expect the stars to at least play through the pain. Their struggles to lock up the Celtics stars could be fixed with Simmons’ return. It also allows Kyrie Irving to focus more on scoring.
However… back injuries are no joke, especially for athletes. A bad back can often hinder your movement severely: a big no-no for the playoffs. This decision by the Nets might be them subtly waving the white flag and waiting for next season to exact their revenge.
Well, there’s still a chance that Ben Simmons suits up for the Nets the playoffs. If Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving can muster up a win in Game 4… we might see Simmons in the playoffs. Maybe.