‘Go back to America’: Alan Jones slams Ben Simmons’ latest stunt
Alan Jones says Australian basketballer Ben Simmons should “go back to America and stay there” after his latest stunt while back on home soil.
The NBA superstar has been accused of snubbing fans at a basketball camp on Sunday, sneaking out a back door and running to a waiting car.
The 23-year-old, who has just signed a $243-million contract with the Philadelphia 76ers, charged $200 per child to take part in the one-hour camp at Castle Hill.
Simmons refused to stop for photos or autographs on the way in or out of the venue, leaving a bad taste in the mouth of many.
“This bloke has lost a lot of people very quickly,” says Alan.
“I understand that when he arrived he walked straight past the fans, who had been waiting for hours, he refused to sign autographs or say hello.
“Ben Simmons, I know you’re an Australian but go back to America and stay there.”
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It comes after Simmons accused Melbourne’s Crown Casino of racism last week, claiming he and a group of friends were denied entry because of their skin colour.
But Crown has hit back, saying it has audio and CCTV footage proving the basketballer refused to show ID and was in breach of the venue’s dress code.
Simmons also withdrew from Australia’s exhibition games against Team USA at the end of the year, after he was used as a drawcard to sell tickets worth hundreds of dollars each.
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