Eagles center Jason Kelce has played his entire 11-year career in Philadelphia, home to one of the nation’s toughest fan bases.
This week, he decided to crossover on sports and speak on the situation going on with Ben Simmons of the Philadelphia 76ers.
Kelce gave Simmons some blunt advice on how to handle Philadelphia fans until his much-anticipated departure: “Just play better.”
“I don’t want to crush any other players, but what’s going on with the 76ers, Ben Simmons, stuff like that, all of that is because of a lack of accountability, a lack of owning up to mistakes and a lack of correcting things,” Kelce said. “If all that got corrected, if you’re fixing free throws, if you’re getting better as a player, none of this is happening. So everybody can bitch and complain about how tough this city is to play in. Just play better, man. This city will love you.”
Kelce, a four-time Pro Bowler and three-time All-Pro, went super viral for his comments, but not everybody liked his approach to the situation.
Dallas Cowboys WR Noah Brown took to his Instagram story and blasted him as well as other Philly athletes for speaking on Simmons.
“All these Philly athletes tryna hit on Simmons for a extra pat on the back from Philly fans,” Brown wrote. “Cornball activity.”
“Idk when speaking on another man habits and accountability to something that ain’t got shit to do w you became cool.”
He added, “Shit corny.”
Brown added he believes the city only likes its players when they play well.
“Philly still gone fye u up next time u fuck up so sit back and mind ya business,” he said.
On Friday, the Philadelphia 76ers guard planned to meet with medical professionals for an evaluation after telling the team Friday that he wasn’t mentally ready to play to his expectations and needed time to step away. He reportedly met separately with coach Doc Rivers, medical staff and teammates Friday morning at the team’s facility and started a process that is expected to continue to keep him from making his season debut.
The 25-year-old requested a trade four months ago and has told the team that he has no interest in returning to play for the franchise again.