Victor Wembanyama has addressed the incident in which his security detail allegedly slapped Britney Spears in the face.
“Something did happen, a little bit, when I was walking with some security from the team to some restaurant,” the NBA star, 19, told ESPN reporters Thursday.
“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.”
Wembanyama stated that he “couldn’t stop” when a person, who happened to be the “Toxic” singer, called him and that she “grabbed” him from behind.
“I didn’t see what happened because I was walking straight and didn’t stop,” he continued.
“That person grabbed me from behind — not on my shoulder, she grabbed me from behind. I just know the security pushed her away.”
While the San Antonio Spurs player did not specify “how much force” his security used, he did say he “pushed her away.”
“I didn’t stop to look so I could walk in and enjoy a nice dinner,” he said while laughing.
Wembanyama said he had no idea the person who approached him was Spears, 41, until Thursday.
“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,” the pro baller told ESPN.
“At first, I was like, ‘You’re joking,’ but yeah, it turns out it was Britney Spears. I never saw her face. I just kept walking straight.”
According to TMZ, the Grammy winner was hit in the face by Wembanyama’s security on Wednesday night at celebrity hotspot Catch inside the Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.
A source told the outlet that Spears was a “fan” of the athlete, who had just signed with the Spurs in the 2023 NBA draft and approached him to ask if they could take a photo together.
The “Womanizer” singer and her husband, Sam Asghari, were seen approaching Wembanyama, who was walking alongside his security guard, moments before the alleged altercation.
TSZ US confirms that although the security guard later apologized to Spears at her table, the pop diva took to Instagram on Thursday to refute the NBA player’s claims that she “grabbed” him.
“It was really loud, so I tapped him on the shoulder to get his attention. I am aware of the player’s statement where he mentions I ‘grabbed him from behind’ but I simply tapped his shoulder,” the “Gimme More” songstress wrote.
“His security then backhanded me in the face without looking back, in front of a crowd,” she said.
“Nearly knocking me down and causing my glasses to fall off my face.”
Spears then requested a public apology for the alleged conduct of the security guard.
“I have yet to receive a public apology from the player, his security, or their organization,” she said, adding that she “hopes they will.”
Asghari, 29, also defended his wife, criticizing the Spurs organization as a whole.
“The blame should fall on the coward who did this, the people who hired him without proper vetting, and a systematic culture of disregard for women within sports and entertainment,” the fitness instructor wrote on his Instagram Story on Thursday.
Asghasri ended his statement by saying that he “looks forward” to watching how the organization handles the problem.