Former LSU star Ben Simmons, who was drafted No. 1 overall in the 2016 NBA Draft, has partnered with Showtime for a new documentary, “ONE & DONE,” that will be released on Friday.
In the documentary which chronicles Simmons’ time at LSU before joining the Philadelphia 76ers, the forward takes direct aim at the NCAA.
Simmons blasts the NCAA for taking advantage of players and pretending like they care about education.
“The NCAA is really fucked up,” Simmons said, via Complex. “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.”
Throughout the documentary, Simmons, who was suspended for academics, makes it very clear he had no interest in going to class.
“I got B’s and C’s; I’m not going to class next semester because I don’t need to,” Simmons said. “…I’m here to play, I’m not here to go to school. [Coach] Jones said, ‘We need to make up a punishment if you miss another class. I missed my next class about preparing for better study habits. I’m going to the NBA next season. Why bullshit if it’s not going to help me?”
You have to respect Simmons for really opening up and saying how he really feels.
In the trailer for the documentary, Simmons drops an incredible line. “I have to be getting better every day, I’m not worried about my Oceanography class,” he said.
Check out the trailer below:
It’s going to be interesting to see the public reaction to the “ONE & DONE” documentary.
The documentary airs Friday night at 9 p.m. ET.