Extraordinary Adam Goodes conspiracy theory in Ben Simmons race row

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2GB Radio host Steve Price has dragged Adam Goodes into Ben Simmons’ ugly race row with Crown Casino.

Simmons hit Crown with claims of racial profiling on Tuesday after having trouble gaining entry into the casino in Melbourne.

However Simmons’ claims were called into question, with Crown refuting the allegations and suggesting Simmons failed to show ID.

On Tuesday, Price lobbed a stunning conspiracy theory into the mix.

According to Price, Simmons was simply attempting to gain some publicity for a film he financed about Adam Goodes.

Steve Price says Ben Simmons is trying to get some publicity for his Adam Goodes doco. Image: Getty/Ben Simmons
Steve Price says Ben Simmons is trying to drub up publicity for his Adam Goodes doco. Image: Getty/Ben Simmons

Simmons is an executive producer of a documentary about Goodes that he’s trying to get screened in the US market.

The pair appeared at the premiere of the film together in Melbourne last week.

“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?”

Adam Goodes and Ben Simmons at the world premiere of "The Australian Dream". (Photo by Graham Denholm/Getty Images)
Adam Goodes and Ben Simmons arrive at the world premiere of Adam Goodes' "The Australian Dream". (Photo by Graham Denholm/Getty Images)

Simmons actually has 4.3 million followers, and the Aussie star, currently playing for the Philadelphia 76ers, posted on his Instagram story to document his experience.

Herald Sun columnist Rita Panahi backed up Price’s theory, slamming Simmons for trying to fuel a racism narrative.

“I like this theory that you are putting forward in relation to the Goodes doco and pushing this relentless narrative that we are racially intolerant, we have this deep-seated problem and we refuse to acknowledge it,” Panahi said.

“Australia will be painted as a racist backwater.

“It’s so destructive. It paints such a false, ugly picture of Australia.

“There is still real racism in Australia. That, we need to acknowledge, not nonsense like this.

“He seems to be afflicted by this racial politics that everyone in the US has gone nuts with where they see everything with a filter of race.”

Simmons doubles down

In his since deleted video, Simmons is with a group of friends, one of them white.

He said that he and his black friends got “checked” by security, while his white friend did not.

“I find it so crazy that the only guy who doesn’t get checked to go into the casino is this guy,” Simmons said while pointing his phone at his unnamed white friend.

“I get checked, Mike gets checked and Taj gets checked. Thank you Crown Casino.”

Simmons also said that he and a black friend were eventually denied entry.

“Wow,” Simmons said. “We’ve got a long way to go.”

In a tweet on Tuesday afternoon, Simmons doubled down, alleging he felt “personally singled out” during the incident.

“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,” the NBA All-Star wrote on Twitter.

“I am very passionate about equality and I will always speak up even if it means having uncomfortable conversations.”

However Australian entertainment reporter Peter Ford told Simmons he might want to “check the dress code of Crown”.

“(It) applies to anyone famous or not and any skin colour,” he tweeted.

“He (Simmons) was wearing camouflage pants.”

Simmons responded by claiming his “friend who got let in also had camouflage pants on”.

But Ford aid Simmons “refused to show his ID”, a claim that was again rejected by Simmons.

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