Ben Simmons is unvaccinated?
Ben Simmons is back in Philly, and like usual, there’s no shortage of drama from the All-Star guard. Ben Simmons surprised the 76ers by reporting for his coronavirus test Monday.
But he’s not yet cleared for team activities.
Which is pretty telling.
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“Philadelphia 76ers All-Star guard Ben Simmons passed his physical and held a meeting with the team’s front office on Tuesday, but he remains ineligible to participate in team-related activities until Friday, at the earliest, due to NBA health and safety protocols, sources told ESPN
A player who is fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and who is entering the team environment for the first time needs to return at least one negative result from a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test facilitated by the team before interacting with other players and Tier 1 staffers, according to NBA protocols obtained by ESPN’s Bobby Marks.
An unvaccinated player must return two negative tests before returning to the facility and participating in individual workouts where no other player is present. If the player returns two more negative rapid molecular tests, he could then be cleared to interact with teammates and staff.”
Ben Simmons passed his physical and held a brief meeting with the Sixers front office on Tuesday, but remains ineligible to participate in team-related activities until Friday due to NBA health and safety protocols, sources told ESPN. https://t.co/cfK1MpKs0O
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Maybe there’s some other explanation besides Simmons being unvaccinated.
Doc Rivers said Simmons would do an individual workout at the team’s facility, suggesting Simmons didn’t test positive.
Could Ben be using being unvaccinated as leverage?