Stephen A. Smith Says Nobody Has to Take Ben Simmons ‘At His Word’ About Mental Health Concerns

The Ben Simmons saga in Philadelphia continues to take all sorts of twists and turns. After returning from a lengthy holdout only to get kicked out of practice earlier this week, Simmons reportedly told the 76ers he’s not mentally ready to play.

In response to the news, ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith said he will take Simmons at his word, but made sure to note, “I don’t have to…neither do you, neither do Sixers fans out there.”

Smith has been a mental health advocate in the past, even opening up about his personal battles with depression. Smith did the same on First Take before discussing Simmons, emphasizing the need to take mental health concerns seriously — “if
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