NBA Player Racially Profiled at Australian Casino

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Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons (25) against the Brooklyn Nets during the third quarter in game five of the first round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Wells Fargo Center. (Eric Hartline / USA TODAY Sports)

Australian NBA player Ben Simmons has accused a Melbourne casino of racially profiling him and his friends while denying the group entry. Simmons, who is Black, plays for the Philadelphia 76ers.

On Instagram, Simmons claimed that Melbourne’s Crown Casino “singled out” he and two of his Black friends on August 5 by requesting identification and then denying entry to some of them. The 23-year-old said that the group’s lone white friend was not asked for identification.

“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 a video posted on his Instagram as he pointed to his white friend….

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