Victor Wembanyama, the San Antonio Spurs rookie, went out to dinner where music star Britney Spears saw him and wanted to congratulate the young star (he was drafted No. 1 in this year’s NBA draft). Spears has alleged Wembanyama’s security detail slapped her where he states they pushed him away after she touched him in the Las Vegas casino without permission.
“Something did happen, a little bit, when I was walking with some security from the team to some restaurant,” Wembanyama recalled about the incident. “We were in the hall. There was a lot of people, so people were calling (at) me, obviously. There was one person who was calling me but we talked before with security.
“I couldn’t stop. That person was calling me, ‘Sir, sir,’ and that person grabbed me from behind,” Wembanyama said. “I didn’t see what happened because I was walking straight and didn’t stop. That person grabbed me from behind — not on my shoulder, she grabbed me from behind. I just know the security pushed her away. I don’t know with how much force but security pushed her away. I didn’t stop to look so I could walk in and enjoy a nice dinner.”
According to reports, Wembanyama was not aware the individual who his details pushed was Spears – just thought it was a fan.
“I didn’t know for a couple hours, but when I came back to the hotel … I thought it was no big deal, and then security of the Spurs told me it was Britney Spears,” Wembanyama stated.
On the opposing side, Spears has filed a police report claiming she was struck by Damian Smith – the Director of Team Security for the Spurs, is the man listed as the one who had the altercation with Spears, it has been reported.
“It was really loud, so I tapped him on the shoulder to get his attention,” Spears stated on Instagram. “His security guard back handed me in the face without looking back, in front of a crowd. Nearly knocking me down and causing my glasses [to fall] off my face.”
While the San Antonio star is grabbing headlines, Spears’ husband Sam Asghari, doesn’t want the attention on him but more so Smith who was the security detail.
“The violent behavior of an out-of-control security guard should not cast a shadow on the accomplishment of a great young man on the rise,” Asghari wrote on social media. The blame should fall on the coward who did this, the people who hired him without proper vetting, and a systemic culture of disregard for women within sports and entertainment.”
The Las Vegas Metropolitain Police Department did release a statement on Spears filing a case.
“The incident has been documented … and no arrest or citations have been issued. No further details will be provided at this time.”