Tony Parker is having a rough Western Conference Finals series against the Grizzlies. Well, check that. On the court, things are going just fine for TP. But off of it, he's found himself at the center of two separate controversies so far.
After Game 1 of the series, Parker was reportedly the victim of a death threat. And now comes the news that Parker was reportedly denied service at famous Memphis eatery Restaurant Iris over the weekend because he plays for the Spurs. The restaurant's chef Kelly English—a hardcore Grizzlies fan—confirmed it on Twitter:
We have a thirteen table restaurant. There have been times I couldn't get my wife or parents in. I can't create a table, Tony Parker or not.— Kelly English (@kelly_english) May 25, 2013
But the controversy doesn't end there. Parker says that he was not denied service at English's restaurant. In fact, he says that he never even attempted to eat there and feels as though English is just using his name to earn some publicity.
"I don't know what is going on with that, man," Parker said after Spurs practice yesterday. "I did not do that. Can you stop doing promos? Is that a new way of doing promos? That's a new way of doing promotion now, using my name? I did not do that…I stayed in my hotel room, never called or anything…I don't know why you [the media] keep fueling that. I guess he's going to have a lot of people now going to his restaurant because you guys keep talking about it. It's a great way to promote it with a fake reservation."
So who is telling the truth here? We don't know. But we are inclined to believe Parker. After all, why in the world would he go out to eat in an opposing city in the middle of the Western Conference Finals? Something just doesn't add up.
[via Yahoo! Sports]