The sister of NBA superstar Ben Simmons claims that she was harassed by an ‘angry white man’ outside of her daughter’s childcare centre: ‘He was obviously being racist’
The sister of NBA superstar Ben Simmons is speaking out against racism after she claims she was singled out for unwanted attention outside her daughter’s childcare centre by an ‘angry white man’ for ‘simply being black’.
Olivia Simmons – who made headlines last year after being ordered to pay her half-brother Sean Tribe a whopping $550,000, five months after she posted a series of defamatory tweets claiming he’d sexually abused her as a child – was left visibly shaken this week after being confronted by a man in the carpark of her three-and-a-half-year old daughter’s childcare centre.
The 30-year-old had driven into the Doncaster centre with her two children and before she was able to park was confronted by a man.
Taking a stand: Olivia Simmons (pictured), who is the sister of NBA star Ben Simmons, has spoken out after claiming that she was harassed by an ‘angry white man’ due to her race
‘He started banging hard on the window, telling me I’d gone the wrong way into the carpark. I couldn’t believe it. My daughter was in tears and it really shook me up,’ Simmons said.
‘I wound down the window and asked him what his problem was but he just kept abusing me. I then got out of the car with both my kids crying in the back and asked him whether he was having a go at me because I was black.
‘There was no other reason for it. Just seconds earlier another car had come into the centre the same way but he did not confront them. What business was it of his anyway. He was quite obviously being racist.’
Shaken: Olivia was left shaken this week after being confronted by a man in the carpark of her three-and-a-half-year old daughter’s childcare centre
Tense: The 30-year-old looked tense as she stepped out in Melbourne earlier this month
After calming her daughter down, Simmons took her inside and then lodged a formal complaint with the centre’s management who have now instituted a new protocol where they meet her outside the gates of the facility each morning and accompany her inside to avoid a repeat performance.
Simmons said she and her famous brother Ben – who used to date Kendall Jenner – had put up with racism their entire life in Australia – and it wasn’t on.
She said she still copped it on a daily basis, especially if she was out in public with her children who were noticeably darker than her.
Casual: The mum-of-two wore dark brown jeans and a cream wool sweater
Simmons would be subjected to unfair bag checks and have staff follow her round in shops until she left.
There were even times when members of the public would reprimand her children, which she claimed was a direct result of their skin colour.
She said she was tired of it and thought it was now time to take a stand and speak up against racial intolerance.
Feeling better? She seemed to be in better spirits after exiting a nearby coffee shop
‘In this day and age there is no excuse for it. What happened to me at my daughters childcare centre is unacceptable,’ she said, adding this was not the first she’d been targeted.
‘He did a similar thing a month ago when I turned up at the centre. He made a straight beeline for me.’
Simmons said instead of being intimidated by such behaviour as she was this week she was now trying to develop skills to deal with what she claimed were racist overtones by ignorant people.
Over it: The consultant says that she’s been a victim of racism and racial profiling her entire life in Australia
Family first: Olivia is pictured with her two children
She said her famous brother would not have been impressed his sister and niece and nephew were being treated like this.
‘We both had to deal with this sort of s*** when we were growing up in Australia. It does effect you. I don’t want my kids to grow up like I did always feeling as though I was inferior,’ she said.
‘My brother would support me wholeheartedly on this. Australia needs to change.’
Ben Simmons became the No. 1 NBA draft pick in 2016 and plays for the Philadelphia 76ers with a $38million pay packet.
Not impressed: Olivia said her famous brother would not have been impressed his sister and niece and nephew were being treated like this. Ben is pictured