Philadelphia 76ers forward Ben Simmons has joined the symphony of current and former college athletes who are dissatisfied with the NCAA’s mission to separate athletes from the wealth they help create.
According to ESPN, Simmons takes aim at the NCAA in One and Done a Showtime-produced documentary slated to air Friday that covers his rise from Australian high school prospect to the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NBA draft. In the documentary, Simmons calls the NCAA “fucked up” for imposing its amateurism sham on profitable players and denying them access to their potential personal worth. Simmons joins Wisconsin’s Nigel Hayes and UCLA’s Josh Rosen to form the most recent set of high-profile NCAA athletes to speak out against the organization’s exploitative labor practices.
“The NCAA is really f—-ed up,” Simmons said on “One and Done,” a film that will air on Showtime on Friday night. “Everybody’s making money except the players. We’re the ones waking up early as hell to be the best teams and do everything they want us to do and then the players get nothing. They say education, but if I’m there for a year, I can’t get much education.”