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NBA Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins is accusing an Atlanta restaurant of declining to serve him because of the color of his skin.
The restaurant, Le Bilboquet, has countered that the decision was based on the former Hawks superstar’s attire not lining up with its dress code.
“In my many years in the world, I’ve eaten at some of the greatest restaurants in the world, but never have I felt prejudice or been turned away because of the color of my skin, until today in #atlanta in @LeBilboquetAtl #turnedawaybecauseimblack,” the 61-year-old Wilkins, a nine-time All-Star, tweeted.
In a statement, the restaurant said it tries to accommodate everyone but has received complaints from some guests about others’ wardrobe choices. For that reason, it has issued a “business casual” dress code that “includes jeans and sneakers but prohibits baseball caps and athletic clothing including sweat pants and tops.” Wilkins responded by saying that he “was wearing designer casual pants and a shirt.”
Wilkins also wrote that he was initially told they had no tables, before being told he wasn’t dressed well enough.
“I guess if there were no tables, then why the follow up comment?” he tweeted.
Wilkins works for the Hawks, as a vice president and special adviser to the CEO. He is also a color commentator for Bally Sports Southeast.
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