Ben Simmons Trashes The NCAA In ‘One And Done’ Documentary
Philadelphia 76ers rookie Ben Simmons says his one year at LSU was “pointless” and a waste of time in a Showtime documentary called “One and Done” that will air Friday, November 4.
“The NCAA is really fucked up,” Simmons says in the documentary, according to ESPN. “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.”
The documentary focuses on Simmons’ transition from a top college basketball prospect in high school through his one year at LSU and on to his transition into the NBA draft, in which he was selected number one overall.
The shows Simmons having to resist the “temptations” that come along with becoming a basketball star, much like those faced by Michigan’s famous “Fab Five” 25 years ago.
Simmons claims he was offered a “Bentley, a Wraith Rolls-Royce, watches, jewelry, a house … anything. It literally is anything,” Simmons says. “People coming at you, offering you things,” all while the NCAA is making money off of his talent and effort.
“The NCAA is messed up,” Simmons says in the film. “I don’t have a voice. … I don’t get paid to do it. Don’t say I’m an amateur and make me take pictures and sign stuff and go make hundreds of thousands of millions of dollars off one person.”
“I’m going off on the NCAA. Just wait, just wait. I can be a voice for everybody in college. I’m here because I have to be here,” he said about playing for LSU. “I can’t get a degree in two semesters, so it’s kind of pointless. I feel like I’m wasting time.”
It’s pretty clear that if Simmons had the option, he likely would have forgone his one year in college and gone straight to the NBA draft.
Because he didn’t have that choice, Simmons became exposed to the pressures that comes with his talent level in the NCAA environment — and it sounds like plans to speak up against it in a major way.