NBA superstar Ben Simmons has taken to Instagram, suggesting that he was a victim to racial profiling as he was refused entry into Melbourne’s Crown Casino.
In a recently deleted Instagram post, Australia’s highest paid athlete has reached out to his 4.6million Instagram followers, indicating that he and his friends were denied entry by Crown Casino security on Monday night.
Simmons claimed that security had asked him and his friends for identification, but never checked the Philadelphia 76’ers photographer Alex Scuber, who unlike the others is of Caucasian appearance.
“I find it so crazy that the only guy who doesn’t get checked is this guy”, Simmons said in the video as he filmed Mr Scuber.
“Thank you Crown Casino, damn, and they didn’t let me in, or him or this guy. Wow, we got a long way to go.”
According to the Herald Sun, the group was swearing and refused to show identification, before they were declined entry to Melbourne’s Crown Casino by paid security.
The NBA star has returned home in the offseason following a long season for the 76’ers in 2018/19. The point guard averaged 16.9 points, 8.8 rebounds and 7.7 assists in what was a career high season for the Melbourne born player.
Given Ben Simmons’s global and national profile and especially being Melbourne born, any rumours suggesting that it was a case for mistaken identity is unlikely.
This is a tip of the iceberg for Crown Casino following a recent investigation launched by the Government, suggesting that Australian consulate officials fast-tracked visa applications for big-spending gamblers flying in from China.
If there is any wrongdoing uncovered by the investigator, all findings will be referred straight to the Federal Police where an investigation will be conducted into Crown Casino.
The Ben Simmons incident has quickly reached USA with many news outlets reporting that he was denied entry due to racial profiling.
Crown Casino are expected to make a statement on Tuesday.