Australian NBA star Ben Simmons pays tribute to iconic 'Egg Boy' on shoe during game

Ben Simmons' tribute to "Egg Boy".
Ben Simmons' tribute to "Egg Boy". Photo credit: Twitter/Tom Steinfort.

An Australian NBA star has paid tribute to cultural icon 'Egg Boy' on court for the 76ers.

Ben Simmons plays for the Philadelphia 76ers and wrote "Egg Boy" on the side of his egg-yellow shoe for his team's winning game against the Charlotte Hornets.

Simmons was also praised for writing "Pray for NZ" on the side of his shoes for a game on Saturday (NZ time).

Seventeen-year-old Will Connolly, known by most as 'Egg Boy', became a cultural icon, after he smashed an egg over the head of right-wing Australian Senator Fraser Anning on Saturday.

Anning had commented that the Christchurch terror attacks were the fault of "the immigration programme, which allowed Muslim fanatics to migrate to New Zealand in the first place".

A Gofundme page was set up to raise money towards legal costs for Connolly, which raised more than $40,000. Connolly said the money would be donated to victim support for the Christchurch attack.

Kiwi sports stars have thrown their support behind the Muslim community, Blues rugby player Sonny Bill Williams announced he would miss Friday's game against the Highlanders to travel to Christchurch in support.

And Kiwi NBA star Steven Adams was one of the first sporting stars to comment on the shooting on Friday, tweeting he was "shocked and saddened to hear about the tragedy".

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