San Antonio Spurs star Tony Parker was denied a table at a Memphis restaurant last night — but the restaurant said it has nothing to do with the fact his team is playing their Grizzlies in the NBA playoffs.
Parker was turned away from the popular Restaurant Iris on Friday night, says the Houston Chronicle, because he did not have a reservation. Parker and the Spurs are in town to play the Griz tonight.
The incident quickly went viral in Memphis, prompting the restaurant to put up a statement on their website, saying in part, “Due to the size of our restaurant, there is currently a two week delay for a weekend reservation … We would not cancel a reservation that a guest made — and waited two weeks for — in order to make room for someone else without a reservation — celebrity or not.”
They did add at the end, “We are proud to be a part of Grizz nation and are excited to cheer on our team tonight.”
Seems like Zach Randolph would have gotten a table no problem.