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Thursday, 14 February 2019

Simmons involved in awkward sneaker exchange


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Australian NBA star Ben Simmons has been forced into a Twitter explanation after a video surfaced of him pulling his sneakers away from a fan.

NBA players exchanging sneakers and other bits of apparel with fans, particularly young children, has become commonplace, so when Sports Illustrated's Twitter account posted the video of Simmons, it raised some eyebrows.

However, following the game, Simmons explained the reason behind his actions.

"Just to clarify, I gave my sneakers to a younger Australian fan who I heard calling out," Simmons tweeted.

https://twitter.com/SInow/status/1095914924667224064?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

When asked by another Twitter user why he took the sneakers back from the fan he initially handed it to, Simmons replied: "an exchange isn't final until hands are off the merchandise, same as chess".

Incredibly, the fan that was denied the Simmons memorabilia inside Madison Square Garden identified himself on Twitter and replied to Simmons.

"That was me (by the way)!" the fan said.

"All good Ben! Glad you clarified it was really confused on why you took it back. Good luck at the All Star game!"

Ben Simmons

The fan was criticised by others on social media for jumping in front of a child that Simmons may have wanted to hand the sneaker over to, but he was quick to defend himself.

"Everyone blasting me on (Instagram) and Twitter saying he took it back because there was a kid behind me but there was no kid back there," he said.

"If there was a kid, I would (have) let him grab the shoe."

In a hilarious exchange, West Coast Eagles big man Nic Naitanui tried to get in on the Sixers merchandise by asking for Simmons' Australian teammate Jonah Bolden's socks, but made a crucial spelling error.

Nic Naitanui

"That guy was me, can you send me a pair of Jonah Bowden's socks to say sorry," Naitanui tweeted.

To which Simmons replied: "Not until you spell his name right buddy."

Naitanui clarified that he had become a victim to autocorrect but Bolden wasn't having it and gave him the facepalm emoji.

The exchange came after Simmons and the Sixers went into the All-Star break with a comprehensive 126-111 win over the Knicks, with the Aussie finishing with 18 points, four rebounds and seven assists.

Australian NBA star Ben Simmons has been forced into a Twitter explanation after a video surfaced of him pulling his sneakers away from a fan.

NBA players exchanging sneakers and other bits of apparel with fans, particularly young children, has become commonplace, so when Sports Illustrated's Twitter account posted the video of Simmons, it raised some eyebrows.

However, following the game, Simmons explained the reason behind his actions.

"Just to clarify, I gave my sneakers to a younger Australian fan who I heard calling out," Simmons tweeted.

https://twitter.com/SInow/status/1095914924667224064?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

When asked by another Twitter user why he took the sneakers back from the fan he initially handed it to, Simmons replied: "an exchange isn't final until hands are off the merchandise, same as chess".

Incredibly, the fan that was denied the Simmons memorabilia inside Madison Square Garden identified himself on Twitter and replied to Simmons.

"That was me (by the way)!" the fan said.

"All good Ben! Glad you clarified it was really confused on why you took it back. Good luck at the All Star game!"

Ben Simmons

The fan was criticised by others on social media for jumping in front of a child that Simmons may have wanted to hand the sneaker over to, but he was quick to defend himself.

"Everyone blasting me on (Instagram) and Twitter saying he took it back because there was a kid behind me but there was no kid back there," he said.

"If there was a kid, I would (have) let him grab the shoe."

In a hilarious exchange, West Coast Eagles big man Nic Naitanui tried to get in on the Sixers merchandise by asking for Simmons' Australian teammate Jonah Bolden's socks, but made a crucial spelling error.

Nic Naitanui

"That guy was me, can you send me a pair of Jonah Bowden's socks to say sorry," Naitanui tweeted.

To which Simmons replied: "Not until you spell his name right buddy."

Naitanui clarified that he had become a victim to autocorrect but Bolden wasn't having it and gave him the facepalm emoji.

The exchange came after Simmons and the Sixers went into the All-Star break with a comprehensive 126-111 win over the Knicks, with the Aussie finishing with 18 points, four rebounds and seven assists.

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