Australian basketball superstar Ben Simmons claims he was denied entry to the Melbourne Crown Casino gambling hall, implying it could have something to do with the color of his skin.
In a now-deleted story posted Monday night to his 4.3 million Instagram followers, the highest-paid athlete in the country made a list of those around him who were denied entry and pointed out that the only person allowed to pass was a white friend. .
“I find it so crazy that the only guy who is not allowed to go to the casino is this guy,” he said.
“I’m controlled, Mike is controlled and Tys is controlled.
“Thanks Crown Casino, damn, and they didn’t let me in, him or this guy.” Wow, we have a long way to go.
The 23-year-old NBA All-star who has an African-American father is back in Melbourne for a break after signing a $ 240 million contract with the Philadelphia 76ers.
Crown Casino has “vigorously” denied refusing Australian basketball superstar Ben Simmons entry into its Melbourne arcade.
A spokeswoman said Crown’s internal security policy requires security officers to verify the identity of people they believe to be under 25.
“This is an enhanced guarantee to ensure that no one under the age of 18 is allowed to enter the casino, as required by law,” she said.
“The group then provided identification and was allowed entry. “