Ben Simmons Claims He Was Denied Entry Into Aussie Casino Over 'Racial Profiling'
The Aussie NBA superstar posted a video following the incident on Instagram overnight, but the casino has refuted his version of events.
That video has now been deleted from his personal account, however, you can watch it at the top of this story.
In the video, Simmons claims he was not allowed entry into Melbourne's Crown Casino because of his race.
"I find it so crazy that the only guy who doesn’t get checked to go into the casino is this guy," Simmons said in the video, turning the camera to show a man with white skin.
Simmons went on to say that he got checked, two of his friends got checked, but "damn, and they didn’t let me in, or him or this guy".
"Wow, we got a long way to go," Simmons added.
"Thank you Crown Casino."
It remains unclear whether entry was denied to the NBA superstar who recently inked a $242 million five-year NBA contract with the Philadelphia 76ers.
It was initially suggested it was because of the camouflage pants he wore, which are considered "unacceptable" under Crown's dress code.
However, the gentlemen accompanying Simmons on a night out in Melbourne were not wearing camo gear.
Crown issued a statement around 10am on Tuesday morning which said:
Crown strenuously rejects reports that it discriminated against a group of visitors last night.
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.
Simmons is in Melbourne ahead of a two-match series between the Australian Boomers and Team USA, ahead of the Basketball World Cup in China starting August 31.
Simmons will not play in the World Cup due to NBA pre-season commitments, and it is also believed he will not play in the exhibition games in Melbourne.
However, he has been spending time with Australian teammates in Melbourne, with a long term view of linking up with the Boomers at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.