Physical violence is never the answer. It’s something that we can all agree upon (we think). We also know that there are many sides to a story, but we have to admit that Victor Wembanyama sharing his side of the story for what happened between his security and Britney Spears is not making us like him at all.
Now, this writer doesn’t even go to anywhere where sports is involved. Hate them. Always have. So would I recognize anyone that is a ball player (any sort of ball player and FFS, I don’t even know if I am using the term right, so back off me)? No. But Britney Spears did and ended up getting back handed (allegedly, which I have to say for legal reasons) by Victor Wembanyama‘s security.
“Traumatic experiences are not new to me and I have had my fair share of them. I was not prepared for what happened to me last night,” Britney said in her statement to the public, which we caught on her IG story. “I recognized an athlete in my hotel lobby as I was heading to dinner. I later went to a restaurant at a different hotel and saw him again. I decided to approach him and congratulate him on his success.”
She continued, “It was really loud, so I tapped him on the shoulder to get his attention. I am aware of the players statement where he mentions ‘I grabbed him from behind’ but I simply tapped him on the shoulder. His security then back handed me in the face without looking back, in front of a crowd. Nearly knocking me down and causing my glasses off my face.”
“I get swarmed by people all the time. In fact, that night. I was swarmed by a group of at least 20 fans. My security team didn’t hit any of them. This story is super embarrassing to share with the world but its out there already. However, I think it’s important to share this story and to urge people in the public eye to set an example and treat all people with respect.”
“Physical violence is happening too much in this world. Often behind closed doors. I stand with all the victims and my heart goes out to all of you!!! I have yet to get a public apology from the player, his security or their organization. I hope they will…”
Britney finished off her statement by saying, “I cherish the tremendous amounts of love and support I am receiving at the moment. Thank you to the Las Vegas PD and the detectives for their support.”
Now Victor Wembanyama gave his side of the story, and while we get that he’s not as media trained as Britney, but like he shouldn’t go on camera if he’s going to be telling his side and laughing/smirking about an incident where someone is physically assaulted.
“I didn’t see what happened, because I was walking straight and we were told, ‘Don’t stop,’” he said. “But that person grabbed me from behind — not on my shoulder, she grabbed me from behind — and so I just know the security pushed her away.”
He admitted that he didn’t “know with how much force” that his security pushed her away. He also said, “I didn’t stop to look so I could walk in and enjoy the nice dinner.”
What? Like for real? You don’t stop to look? Make sure that a person is okay? That’s just gross. If you know that there is an altercation, you stop. You be responsible.