‘Not a good look’: US reacts to Simmons

American media commentators have declared it is “not a good look” for Australia that NBA superstar Ben Simmons was turned away from Crown Casino in Melbourne.

Simmons on Tuesday night refused to back down from his claim that he and his friends felt “singled out” by Crown security staff when he was originally denied entry to the gaming floor.

The Philadelphia point guard has deleted the original video he first posted on his Instagram page in which he appeared to suggest his rejection from the casino was a result of racial profiling.

That suggestion has been strongly denied by the casino.

However, the damage has already been done in the some sections of the United States with the story of Simmons’ claims being reported around the country.

The New York Post, Fox News and America’s Associated Press all reported on the story.

On Wednesday morning ESPN’s Jalen and Jacoby show featured a segment on the issue, where former NBA star Jalen Rose branded the scandal “not a good look” for Australia.

He claims “something clearly happened” to prompt Simmons to post his claims on social media.

“He went to the casino because he hoped to get inside and probably gamble and or have a good time. He would not have posted that IG video saying he couldn’t get let in unless he wasn’t allowed in,” Rose said.

Ben Simmons in Melbourne.Source:News Corp Australia

“So something happened. Whether it was profiling, whether it was dress code or whether it was both, the bottom line is if you have a favourite son that’s home at some point of the summer and went to enjoy himself, you don’t want him now putting out messages like this.

“It’s not necessarily a good look.”

He said the fact Simmons had money to splurge at the casino should have been enough for him to enter the venue.

“There was clearly a reason why he was stopped from being in the casino.” he said.

“He didn’t leave whatever destination, drive up there, valet park and then walk up to the door and knew he was going to get turned away.

“So, something happened.

“Let me just talk about the most important aspect of fashion, he was carrying a lot of green and that’s accepted everywhere and that’s money. If you’re coming to my casino, you’re welcome as long as you got (money). Put it on the table and we’ll figure it out.”

Profiling? ID? Dress code?

What really happened at Crown Casino?#bensimmons pic.twitter.com/0M4tTRUtOd

[email protected] on Ben Simmons saying he was denied entrance at a casino in Australia. @djacoby pic.twitter.com/UTjLx1K9fH

On Tuesday, despite reports that he was refused entry for not showing his ID, Simmons stood firm in his beliefs.

“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,” Simmons tweeted.

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.

The Morning Show’s Peter Ford reported on Wednesday morning Simmons’ may have taken down the video from his Instagram account because he is in Melbourne as a paid guest of the Victorian government spruiking the state’s tourism credentials to the American market.

It came after 2GB broadcaster Steve Price suggested Simmons doubled down on claims of racial profiling at Crown Casino in order to boost prospects for a documentary about Adam Goodes he helped to finance.

During his show on Tuesday, The Project host raised the question of whether Simmons was using the Crown incident as a marketing opportunity for his film.

Simmons is a financier and executive producer of an Adam Goodes documentary that he wants screened in the US market.

Ben Simmons’s deleted Instagram video

Ben Simmons claims to have been knocked back from Crown Casino.

“He is an executive producer of a second documentary made about the indigenous footballer Adam Goodes, called The Australian Dream,” Price said.

“In fact Ben Simmons was a financier of that film and paid for that film to be made and intends to take that film to America and show it to American audiences.

“I wonder if this incident at the door of Crown has anything to do with a message that Ben Simmons might like to get out in America about how Australians treat people of colour?

“What better way to get your documentary noticed in America, than to post to your 1.47 million Instagram followers?”

Simmons actually has 4.3 million followers on Instagram.

#TheAustralianDream World Premiere at @MIFFofficial with #AdamGoodes @StanGrantMOF @MickOLoughlin and @BenSimmons25 #WalkTogether pic.twitter.com/wrF6afr02c

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