Over the weekend, Wilkins took to social media to reveal that he had been denied service at the Le Bilboquet restaurant in Buckhead. “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,” former Atlanta Hawks player tweeted.
The Run The Jewels emcee quickly ran to Wilkins’ defense and demanded that the restaurant rectify their wrongs.
“@lebilboquetatlanta y’all better make this lame shit right,” he captioned a screenshot of Wilkins’ tweet. “How y’all mistreat ‘NIQUE’ @dominiquewilkins21! Y’all lame AF for that shawty! #ThatAintAtlantaALL #RacismIsLame #SuperWeak #ShutemDown.”
The Le Bilboquet has since released a statement claiming that the Hall of Famer was denied service because of how he was dressed. “We do our best to accommodate all of our guests,” the restaurant said in a Tweet that has since been deleted. “We have a ‘business casual’ dress code which includes jeans & sneakers, but prohibits athletic clothing including sweat pants & tops. The definition of ‘casual’ is ever-evolving, we strive to maintain our policy requirements daily.”
Wilkins said that he was wearing “designer casual pants and a shirt.” After receiving tons of backlash from several people on social media, the French bistro issued a formal apology and said that they are “immediately making changes” to their dress code policy.
“We sincerely apologize to Dominique Wilkins for the events that occurred on May 22,” the statement read. “No patron of our restaurants should be made to feel unwelcome or less than, and for that, we are deeply sorry. It was never our intention to make Mr. Wilkins — or anyone else for that matter — feel that way at our restaurant.”
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