Ben Simmons was denied entry to the ‘Crown Casino’ in Melbourne, Australia, his hometown when bouncers claimed to not recognize the NBA
star. Simmons in an Instagram post implied the incident was racial profiling asking why he and two black friends were asked for ID’S but the white friends were not.
The highest-paid Australian athlete felt he and his friends were singled out by Crown Casino security at the time but has since then deleted the post following a response from the casino that issued a statement saying its security staff routinely do ID checks on anyone who appears to be younger than 25.
The Victorian government’s tourism body has a sponsorship with Ben
Simmons. A Visit Victoria spokesman issued a statement about their
commercial arrangement with the $170 million Philadelphia 76er to “utilize
his international profile in promoting Victoria to a global audience.”