A MODEL says she was barred from entering the Wells Fargo Center this month for the Philadelphia 76ers’ home NBA opener against the Chicago Bulls because of her ensemble.
Detailing the ordeal to Philadelphia’s NBC 10, Shaliah Rismay claimed security stopped her and photographer Reuben Harley ahead of a checkpoint.
“They stopped us and said I couldn’t even go past the metal detectors and I couldn’t wear what I’m wearing,” said Rismay, who wore stockings, a leather jacket and a leotard to the game.
Though she and Harley were eventually allowed into the venue after he purchased a hoodie for her to wear, the marketing guru called the incident “straight discrimination”.
“That was utterly embarrassing to have 15 men surround her so nobody else could see her. This happened at the tip-off. We didn’t get in the game at halftime,” Harley said.
“It was Sixers officials there as well so they’re culpable. It’s not just Wells Fargo Center.”
He also tweeted a photo of Rismay posing with the Sixers dancers, noting that her wardrobe hardly differed from the cheerleaders’ game-day uniforms.
“The same thing, a leotard and some pantyhose,” he said. “What’s the problem? If a celebrity can do it, if the Sixers dancers can do it, why not just the regular fan?”
Harley also fumed on Instagram, saying someone with a high profile like Nicki Minaj would be able to get away with wearing whatever they wanted.
“So would you deny @nickiminaj entrance to the game with this #fashionableoutfit,” Harley wrote. “#Hyprocrisy #discrimination what do you think???? Cause she have a #voice they’re able shut her down smfh.”
The Wells Fargo Center issued a statement following the game in defence.
“The Wells Fargo Center does not have an official dress code, but reserves the right to make decisions regarding access to the facility on a case-by-case basis,” a spokesperson stated.
“These decisions relate to the safety and comfort of our guests, as well as to messages, signs or clothing that are obscene or indecent. In this instance, our event staff acted respectfully considering Ms. Rismay’s attire, and handled the situation appropriately while being observed by NBA Security and a member of the City of Philadelphia police force.”