Ben Simmons calls out officials after fouling out versus Grizzlies

Simmons fouled out for the second time this season.

by Dzevad Mesic
Ben Simmons calls out officials after fouling out versus Grizzlies

Ben Simmons wasn't happy with the way the refs officiated the game versus the Memphis Grizzlies as he was especially frustrated with the foul after which he fouled out. On Monday night, Simmons fouled out in the Brooklyn Nets' 134-124 loss to the Grizzlies.

With just less than four minutes left in the game, Grizzlies guard Ja Morant slowly let the ball roll up the floor before he picked it up. Morant, who was clearly baiting Simmons into making a move, got his desire fulfilled when Simmons made a move and official J.T.

Orr called a foul on the Nets guard. "I just saw the play. It wasn't a foul. [Orr] called it a foul, made a mistake, it is what it is, it's really frustrating, it's not a foul, but it was bulls---. It's frustrating because it's late game, fourth quarter, it's a physical, close game.

It's the NBA. It's not college. It's not high school. Some people are going to get hit, some people bleed; it's basketball," Simmons said, per ESPN.

Simmons calls out 'bad officiating'

After the game, Simmons insisted that the official had no explanation for the sixth foul he called on him.

"There was no explanation for that call. [Orr] didn't have anything to say. Same as the technical foul. He said because Ja had a tech, he had to give me a tech because I said something. It wasn't malicious. It wasn't at the referee.

I thought it was just a part of basketball. People have emotions. I didn't cuss at him. I didn't call him anything. I just said it was a bulls--- call, which it was, and f---, let me get out of here. I just don't want to get fined," Simmons added.

In the end, Simmons finished with seven points, three rebounds, and eight assists. After the game, Morant was asked about the play after which Simmons fouled out. Morant said that Simmons pulled the same move on him three years ago.

"If y'all want to go dig up a play, I think my rookie year I was in Philly -- and the same situation happened like that versus Ben in the first half. I went to look at Coach to get the play, and [Simmons] ran through the ball, got the steal and went to dunk ...

I knew it at that moment. Once I seen him and I was rolling the ball and I was at half [court], I looked at Coach and I see him try to like, 'Oh yeah.' So I knew I had him. He was going to press up, and I was just going to force the ref to make the call," Morant explained.

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