Ben Simmons shouts out Australia’s ‘Egg Boy’ on sneakers
Ben Simmons may be focused on keeping the Philadelphia 76ers on a roll during their march toward the postseason, but the NBA superstar clearly is keeping an eye on what’s been happening recently back home in Australia.
Simmons, who was born and raised in Melbourne and spent most of his adolescence in Australia, gave a shout out Tuesday night to the young man now known globally as “Egg Boy,” whose actions over the weekend have been both hailed and condemned.
Will Connolly, 17, broke an egg on the head of polarizing Australian senator Fraser Anning, who ignited a firestorm with inflammatory remarks concerning last Thursday’s mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, that left 50 people dead and many wounded.
A teenager dubbed "egg boy" has become the talk of the internet after he threw an egg at an Australian politician who blamed Muslim immigration for the Christchurch terror attack | https://t.co/BvG85snWej pic.twitter.com/XSXMNUmvL1— RTÉ News (@rtenews) March 17, 2019
Simmons took the court ahead of Tuesday night’s 118-114 win over the Charlotte Hornets sporting yellow sneakers bearing the message, “Egg Boy.”
Ben Simmons giving a shout out to Egg Boy on court for the 76ers tonight (via @pjsteinfort) pic.twitter.com/zPJMEZ7zwn— Tom Steinfort (@tomsteinfort) March 19, 2019
Simmons does not court controversy nor is he as politically outspoken as some of his fellow NBA players — although he’s been known to make a provocative statement from time to time — but clearly he felt the need to make a statement about what’s presently happening in his home country.