Brooklyn Nets star Ben Simmons and his fiancée Maya Jama ended their engagement recently.
The news comes on the heels of a similar report from several weeks ago that both parties disputed.
This time around the decision appears to be final.
What led up to them calling it quits?
Apparently, it all came down to distance.
“It’s been a difficult time for them,” a source told The New York Post. “While they both care for each other so much, they truly gave it their all and realize that they just come from two different worlds. They now understand they don’t have the time they thought to dedicate to this relationship.”
Specifically, it appears they did not realize how difficult it would be maintaining a relationship while residing in two different countries.
“They had no idea the challenges they would face when handling all the logistics of making a life together in two countries,” the source added.
Once again, something involving long distance tripped Simmons up. It’s the story of his life both on and off the court.
Simmons and his now ex-partner made headlines quite a bit last year. Between their provocative vacation photos together and her relatively blunt comments on his mental health issues – it was one thing after another.
A lot of people thought that maybe they would go the distance. Unfortunately, it was not to be.
Simmons is gearing up for a very important campaign from a professional standpoint. After missing the entirety of last year for a myriad of issues, he needs a big 2022-23 to reestablish himself as one of the NBA’s preeminent young stars.
— Game 7 (@game7__) August 31, 2022
If the 26-year-old comes out, performs well and helps Brooklyn contend for a title then a lot of his past woes will be forgotten.
Should Simmons falter, though – it will likely do irreparable damage to his reputation and legacy going forward.
A longtime sports reporter, Carlos Garcia has written about some of the biggest and most notable athletic events of the last 5 years. He has been credentialed to cover MLS, NBA and MLB games all over the United States. His work has been published on Fox Sports, Bleacher Report, AOL and the Washington Post.