The truth was out there, but it’s all been deleted.
It took less than a minute to delete all photos that would have told the story of what actually took place when clubgoer Jazmine Singh’s photo-taking collided with the ego of Toronto Raptors forward Hedo Turkoglu at a popular night club in Yorkville early Thursday morning.
Singh, who said she was taking pictures of her friend Meghan Kesivic at the bar in Lobby Night Club around 1 a.m., was stunned when a “giant 7-foot man” turned out and grabbed the phone from her hand and deleted all her photos.
It wasn’t until they asked the club’s security to help, that they were told the big guy was a basketball player with the Raptors — and — in not so many words — that he could get away with it.
“He just ripped the phone out of my hand — I thought he was trying to steal it,” said Singh, still incredulous a day later. “I had no idea who he was. I didn’t care who he was. No one has the right to do that,” she said.
Turkoglu was on the defensive that night.
The Turkish import told the Star Thursday he was at the bar “trying to chill” with friends, when he saw a flash go off. He said that’s when he asked a security guard to grab the phone and delete the pictures.
“I don’t like people taking my picture, especially in the club, before asking. She did. I said ‘Did you ask me?’ She said no. I said, ‘I want you to delete it’,” Turkoglu told the Star’s Dave Feschuk following Thursday’s practice at the Air Canada Centre.
“There was a guy with me, a security guy, he deleted it,” said Turkoglu.
Singh says he never even tried to speak with her. She says she would have willingly deleted any photos he was mistakenly in, if Turkoglu had simply asked instead of “reaching out his long arm and simply grabbing the phone right out of my hands.
“I think he just saw a flash and freaked out,’ she said.
Kesivic said Turkoglu’s story doesn’t add up, since she’s not a basketball fan and didn’t even know who he was. “He could have knocked on my door and tried to sell me something, I would have had no idea who he was.”
It was only when they went home, and searched online, that they confirmed it was Turkoglu.