Ben Simmons owns a cat named Bagheera
An NBA Catwatch report.
- On Sunday night my notifications went off after Ben Simmons posted an Instagram video of himself holding a lil kitten and asking it to say "what's up?"
- — Def Pen Hoops (@DefPenHoops)Sun, Sep 25 2016 02:39:44
- Ben Simmons is a known animal lover / owner, and recently bought his sister a cat.
- He also posed with the cat of an artist who painted his portrait.
- I urged some restraint on the issue of the cat's ownership until we could get a confirmation from Simmons or a source close to the situation.
- — NBA CATWATCH (@NBAcatwatch)Sun, Sep 25 2016 03:52:18Not jumping the gun on this Ben Simmons cat story. Hassan Whiteside, Malachi Richardson both Snapped cats this summer, neither one theirs.
- — NBA CATWATCH (@NBAcatwatch)Sun, Sep 25 2016 03:18:44Hi @BenSimmons25 - Just saw your IG of this kitten in your hand. I know you're an animal lover, can you tell me if… https://twitter.com/i/web/status/779882801642561536 …
- — NBA CATWATCH (@NBAcatwatch)Sun, Sep 25 2016 03:31:38Hi @preston76 - Ben Simmons just posted a gram with this kitten. Possibly giant NBA/cat news. Would you be able to… https://twitter.com/i/web/status/779886048667107328 …
- I contacted Philadelphia-based NBA journalist Max Rappaport, who had previously broken the Furkan Aldemir / Firuze cat story.
- — NBA CATWATCH (@NBAcatwatch)Sun, Sep 25 2016 03:43:33Hi @MaxRappaport - As the journalist who broke the Furkan Aldemir owning a cat story, do you have Ben Simmons acces… https://twitter.com/i/web/status/779889048638910464 …
- Max came through.
- — NBA CATWATCH (@NBAcatwatch)Mon, Sep 26 2016 17:25:36BREAKING: #Sixers rookie Ben Simmons owns a cat named Bagheera or "Biggie." Via: @MaxRappaport:… https://twitter.com/i/web/status/780458312957562880 …
- Will follow the situation for more info and pictures (and possibly a social media account) from Simmons and Bagheera.
- There are now 19 confirmed cats currently or recently owned by current or recent NBA players.