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Philadelphia 76ers player Ben Simmons was out with friends early morning Morning and decided to go hang out at the Crown Casino in Australia when suddenly he found himself denied entry. He claims all were allowed in except the white guy in the group.
“I find it so crazy that the only guy who doesn’t get checked to go into the casino is this guy,” Simmons said while pointing to his white friend. “I get checked, Mike gets checked and Taj gets checked,” at which point his white friend adds, “Not me!” Turning the camera to the security guards, Ben says, “Thank you, Crown Casino.” He went on to show some of his friends not allowed in saying, “They didn’t let me in, or him or this guy. Wow, we got a long way to go.”
It isn’t as though Simmons isn’t known because he’s insanely popular in Australia because that’s where he’s from, not to mentioned he just signed the richest sports deal in the history of the country. And being in a relationship with Kendall Jenner (up until just a few months ago, that is) doesn’t hurt either. By the way, he was in town with model Talia Richman so he didn’t waste any time moving on.
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Crown Casino responded with a statement completely dismissing the accusations, stating “Crown’s 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. Crown is an inclusive workplace.”
Awkward. Simmons doubled down on Twitter saying he had “felt personally singled out”. He went on to say “I am very passionate about equality and I will always speak up even if it means having uncomfortable conversations.” He added that his friend that was let in violated the dress code, tweeting “My friend who got let in also had camouflage pants on.”
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. I am very passionate about equality and I will always speak up even if it means having uncomfortable conversations.
— Ben Simmons (@BenSimmons25) August 6, 2019
— Nicole Koumpis (@nickoumpis) August 5, 2019
He’s 6’10.” Doesn’t that make him seem that much hotter? lol