Report: Ben Simmons tells 76ers names of his mental-health professionals, doesn’t grant team full access to info
The Collective Bargaining Agreement says a player treated by a non-team psychiatrist “shall provide the Team with all information it may request concerning any condition that in the judgment of the Team’s physician may affect the Player’s ability to play skilled basketball.” Simmons himself is saying he’s not ready to play. However, that clause does not apply to psychologists/other mental-health professionals. It’s unclear which type of mental-health professional Simmons has been seeing.
In some respects, it’s confounding the 76ers have repeatedly shifted stances on fining Simmons while he has been so resolute in his stance that he’s mentally unready to play.
But it at least looked like the team made a genuine effort to support Simmons. His CBA obligations momentarily aside, Simmons could also deserve leniency if his mental-health issues are directly tied to the 76ers.
That said, Philadelphia’s frustration is also understandable. Simmons wanted to never play for the 76ers again. Do they owe paying him while being kept so in the dark on his ability to fulfill basic job functions?
As this standoff twists and turns, that question looks like one headed toward some arbiter.