Image

2:10 PM / Tuesday August 20, 2019

9 Aug 2019

Ben Simmons says he was ‘singled out’ trying to enter casino

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
August 9, 2019 Category: Sports Posted by:

ABOVE PHOTO: Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons (25) during the NBA Eastern Conference semifinal basketball game in Toronto in May 12, 2019. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

associated press

MELBOURNE, Australia — Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons has explained a social media post that seemed to imply he’d been racially profiled by security staff at a Melbourne casino by saying he and his friends felt “singled out.”

Simmons posted a video on Instagram in which he asked why he and two Black friends were asked for identification but another person in their group who is White was not. He deleted the post Tuesday morning, when it started making news and after the casino issued a statement saying its security staff routinely did ID checks on anyone who appears younger than 25.

The 23-year-old Simmons, who recently became the highest-paid Australian athlete when he signed a five-year, $170 million contract extension with the 76ers, apparently wasn’t recognized by security at one of the casino’s entry points Monday night. But he was allowed in at a second entry point after providing identification.

After appearing at a charity event Tuesday, he posted on Twitter to explain his earlier video.

“As you know an incident happened last night at Crown and my friends and I felt personally singled out, no one likes to feel like this,” the Melbourne-born Simmons said in a tweet. “I am very passionate about equality and I will always speak up even if it means having uncomfortable conversations.”

The casino issued a statement saying its “internal security policy requires our security officers to check identification of those persons they believe to be under the age of 25, this is an enhanced safeguard to ensure that no one under the age of 18 is permitted entry to the casino floor as required by law.

“The group subsequently provided identification and were permitted entry… (we) strenuously reject reports that it discriminated against a group of visitors last night.”

Image

Simmons, whose father is African American, did not explain why he deleted the post.

Reports in Australian media said he was staying at a hotel connected to the casino.

Simmons was selected for the Australian squad for some exhibition games against the U.S. team in Melbourne later this month and for the world championships in China starting next month, but he withdrew to focus on his preparations for the next NBA season.

  • Facebook
  • Twitter

Leave a Comment

Recent News

Commentary

AlawfulTruth: The land of milk and honey, or a pot of worries?

August 16, 2019

Tweet Share Pin Email By Andrea Lawful Sanders There seems to be assumptions made by many Americans...

Go With The-Flo

Kerry Washington has honored with an “Artistic Achievement Award” at the Jamaican Marquee 57th Independence Black Tie Gala

August 9, 2019

Tweet Share Pin Email ABOVE PHOTO:  Kerry Washington (Photo: Tinseltown / shutterstock) By Florence Anthony According to reports,...

Entertainment

Recovery Idol: Building Self Esteem

August 16, 2019

Tweet Share Pin Email ABOVE PHOTO: On the left is Dr. Arthur Evans, former Commissioner of the...

Health

Poll Shows Impact of Opioid Crisis on Philadelphians and Their Neighborhoods

August 16, 2019

Tweet Share Pin Email 29% know someone killed by drug use; 41% say opioids hurt quality of...

Food And Beverage

How to create a charcuterie board for your next party

August 16, 2019

Tweet Share Pin Email BPT Planning a party doesn’t have to be difficult. Instead of agonizing over...

Horoscopes

SUNscopes for the week of Aug. 18

August 16, 2019

Tweet Share Pin Email All Signs: Just a few days left of Leo then swoosh! We’re into...

The Philadelphia Sunday Sun Staff