Brown, a Flanders, New Jersey native, criticized athletes for their remarks on Simmons in an attempt to curry favor with local fans.
“All these Philly athletes tryna s— on Simmons for extra pat on the back from Philly fans. Cornball activity,” Brown, a fourth-year player for the Cowboys, wrote on Instagram.
LANDOVER, MD – OCTOBER 25: Noah Brown #85 of the Dallas Cowboys warms up before the game against the Washington Football Team at FedExField on October 25, 2020 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)
He didn’t mention anyone by name, but Eagles offensive lineman Jason Kelce took issue with Simmons earlier in the week as he was suspended for a game for conduct detrimental to the team. He didn’t hold back when he was asked about the point guard’s situation.
PHILADELPHIA, PA – JULY 29: Jason Kelce #62 of the Philadelphia Eagles looks on during training camp at the NovaCare Complex on July 29, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
“You write your own narrative. What’s going on, I don’t want to crush any other players, but what’s going on with the 76ers, Ben Simmons, stuff like that. All that is because of a lack of accountability, a lack of owning up to mistakes and a lack of correcting things,” he said, via NBC Sports Philadelphia.
“If all that got corrected, you fix the free throws, if you’re getting better as a player, none of this is happening. Everybody can b—- and complain about how tough this city is to play in. Just play better, man. This city will love you.”
He added: “I really don’t think this is a hard place to play, to be honest with you.”
It was later reported that Simmons was dealing with mental health issues and needed to take a break from the team. Star player Joel Embiid on Friday asked Philly fans to tone down the boos and chants against his teammate.
PHILADELPHIA, PA – JUNE 20: Ben Simmons #25 of the Philadelphia 76ers plays defense against Trae Young #11 of the Atlanta Hawks during Round 2, Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Playoffs on June 20, 2021 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images)
It’s unclear when Simmons will return but the team has expressed its support for him.