Ben Simmons suggests he was racially profiled at Aussie casino

Ben Simmons in front of the casino

Ben Simmons in front of the casino

An Australian casino has denied an apparent assertion by National Basketball Association player Ben Simmons that he was denied entry to the venue due to racial discrimination.

Australian NBA star Ben Simmons has claimed he and a group of his friends were refused entry to Crown Casino due to their skin colour.

Crown Casino has denied the claims of discrimination against Simmons and his group, but Simmons has taken to Twitter to reiterate his side of the story.

In the since deleted video, Simmons described how him and several friends were "checked" upon their arrival at the casino.

Simmons said security had asked for their identification, but never checked 76ers photographer Alex Subers, who is of Caucasian appearance.

"I get checked, Mike gets checked and Taj gets checked".

The 23-year-old appeared to suggest he had been racially profiled - a claim denied by Crown.

"Thank you Crown Casino, damn. Wow, we've got a long a way to go".

In fact, in the statement, it said the group were admitted into the casino later on.

Taking to Twitter this morning, Simmons denied he was turned away because he was wearing camouflage trousers, which violate the casino's dress code.

"[Crown's] internal security policy requires our security officers to check identification of those persons they believe to be under the age of 25", the spokeswoman said.

The group was later permitted entry after presenting their ID.

Mr Simmons last month agreed to a five-year deal worth $242 million, the richest deal ever by an Australian Athlete.

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