“I recognized the athlete [Wembanyama] I was in the hotel lobby on my way to dinner.” Spears wrote a lengthy statement on Instagram. “Later, I went to another hotel restaurant and saw him again. I decided to approach him and congratulate him on his success. I hit it.”
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Wenbanyama, 19, told reporters on Thursday that he was walking through a crowded hall and was instructed by a security team not to stop to talk to fans as “crowds form” outside the venue’s seafood restaurant, Catch. said he had received it. Aria Resort on the Las Vegas Strip.
“One person [Spears] was calling me Wenbanyama told reporters at team practice Thursday.. “I didn’t stop. He grabbed me from behind. But I know the guards kept her away, and I don’t know how much force they’ll use.”
Wenbanyama said he didn’t realize Spears had approached him until he was told hours later, but added that he “enjoyed a lovely dinner”. [and had] It was a fun night with everyone,” he said, adding that he thought the incident was “no big deal”.
Mr Spears disputed claims that Wenbanyama “tried to grab him from behind” and said a member of the security team “fought me back in the face without looking back in front of the crowd”. The Grammy Award-winning singer initially lost her balance due to the intensity of her impact, she added, causing her to lose her glasses.
“It’s important to share this story and set an example for the public and encourage them to treat everyone with respect,” Spears said. He said he has yet to receive an apology from Wenbanyama, his security team or the Spurs.
At 7-foot-4, Wenbanyama became the first French player to be selected with the No. 1 overall pick in last month’s draft, drawing comparisons to teenage basketball prodigies such as LeBron James and Lou Alcinder. Dubbed ‘Wenby Mania’, the excitement of his NBA entry generated record TV viewership numbers for the draft with over 6 million viewers, and tickets for his summer league debut sold out days ago. . General admission ticket prices have skyrocketed to over $200 apiece for him on secondary sites.
Spears, 41, was once a teenage sensation with her 1999 debut album … Baby One More Time selling over 25 million copies.