Philadelphia sports fans are so notorious for mistreating professional athletes that the Bleacher Report and USA Today both ranked their communities amongst the 'worst/rowdiest in the United States. In 1968, they famously booed Santa Claus; in 1999, they booed Donovan McNabb simply for being drafted by their team, that same year they cheered when Michael Irvin's career ended due to an injury on their home field, and three years ago, they got into a brawl with Mike Scott (a former 76ers player wearing a Washington R*dskins jersey) on camera, just outside of Lincoln Financial Field. Ben Simmons recently made his highly anticipated return to the "City of Brotherly Love" last night to face the 76ers as a member of the visiting Brooklyn Nets. The Nets lost to the 76ers without Joel Emiid, James Harden, and Tyrese Maxey. But Simmons played well, logging 11 points, 11 assists, and seven rebounds. Following the game, Nick Friedell of ESPN asked Simmons what he made of the 76ers fans and their impact on the contest.
“I thought it was going to be louder,” replied Simmons.
Thankfully, the 76ers fans were loud enough to drown out the sound of a 12-year-old kid appearing to call Simmons a "fagg*t" during a free throw attempt. Unfortunately for the young fan, that moment was captured on camera during TNT's nationally televised broadcast, and it has been viewed over 1 million times in less than 24 hours. Scroll up to take a look.