Yesterday, Ben Simmons took the floor in Charlotte with a special message on the side of his Nike Hyperduck X in black marker.
The basketball superstar had “Egg Boy” written on the side of his sneaks as a tribute to the newly popular Aussie teenager. Now if you don’t know who “Egg Boy” is, let us put you up on game.
Egg Boy also is known as Will Connolly. The 17-year-old became an internet sensation within the past week for smashing an egg over the head of the far-right senator Fraser Anning during his recent interview following the horrible massacre in New Zealand. The senator immediately turned around and punched the kid in the face.
— Mikey Nicholson (@Mikey_Nicholson) March 16, 2019
Will was arrested for his actions, although has since been released. Regardless the teen has now become a hero in his hometown and on the internet!
“Egg Boy” has been a hot topic in Australia. Conservatives have been repulsed by the act, while many others have praised Will for making a statement in support of diversity and are using him as a symbol to combat racism.
The 17 years old Will Connolly who became known as the Egg boy after he hit the Australian senator with egg because of his racist speech against Muslim, he got 42,000$ by crowd funding, and he donated this money to the victims family in #NewZealand pic.twitter.com/Sa9PPjK5to
— Asaad Hanna (@AsaadHannaa) March 19, 2019
Senator Anning has been vocally critical of Muslim immigration to Australia and frequently pushed Islamophobic rhetoric on social media. The reason Will took egg action was because of the senator blaming immigration for the mass shooting in New Zealand that lever 50 people dead.
Simmons wrote “Egg Boy” on his shoe to clearly show his support during this tragic time in his home country. This wasn’t the first time Ben showed support for the Australian teen, he commented on one of Will’s Instagram post. Will’s Instagram has since been deleted.
Looked like the egg colored sneaks were beneficial not only socially but also in his game. The All-star led the Sixe4rs with 28 points and his team secured the win with a 118-114 victory.
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