It’s been quite a week for dodgy rumors about Ben Simmons and Kendall Jenner.
Days after The New York Daily News reported that Simmons, earlier in the season, had faked being sick after partying with Jenner in Florida — leading to harsh denials from Simmons’ team, the Philadelphia 76ers — there’s another new rumor that the couple has broken up, as reported by Crossing Broad.
The sports gossip blog Terez Owens reported earlier this week that Simmons and Jenner had broken up. The report cited an Instagram Story posted by a woman who was playing with a dog that resembled Simmons’ dog, in a home that resembled one belonging to the basketball player.
HughE Dillon, a Philadelphia resident who has broken stories in the past about public appearances by Simmons and Jenner, said on Twitter that he doubts the rumor is true.
“Where’s actual proof. No screenshots of them follow or her name,” Dillon posted on Twitter. After noting that Simmons and Jenner still follow each other on social media, Dillon added that he had received the same tip — but that he had “ignored it after a bit of research.”
Whatever the truth of the Terez Owens rumor, it does not appear that Jenner has been in attendance of any of the three games in the 76ers’ first-round playoff series with the Brooklyn Nets so far. While Simmons had a subpar game in Game 1 of the series, he has surged in the second and third games — both Philadelphia wins. On Thursday night, in Brooklyn, Simmons scored a career-high 31 points in a 131-115 win for Philadelphia, per ESPN.com. The performance also followed several days of trash talk from fans of the Brooklyn Nets, as well as from players on the team.
The breakup rumor follows an episode earlier this week wherein Chris Sheridan, a veteran NBA reporter, wrote about trouble with the 76ers in The New York Daily News. His writings included speculation that coach Brett Brown could be fired should he not produce a strong playoff run this year.
The item included various negative nuggets about Simmons, including the assertion that when the player missed a game in Orlando in March — ostensibly due to a stomach virus — he had actually “spent the previous night partying in Orlando.” However, the column had originally stated that Simmons had been partying in Miami, with Jenner. In addition, Sheridan alleged that the Sixers believe that Simmons is “uncoachable,” and that general manager Elton Brand advocated for trading Simmons before this year’s trade deadline for that reason.
The Sixers organization pushed back hard against the report, with organization spokesman Dave Sholler describing the report as “one of the most irresponsible hack jobs I’ve ever seen in more than a decade of working in sports” on Twitter. He went on to cite “factual inaccuracies, made-up stories, and references to convos that never happened. This is a steaming pile of trash. Steaming. Pile.”