ATLANTA — Former Atlanta Hawks player Dominique Wilkins sent off a eye-opening tweet Saturday after being denied service at a restaurant. And while the staff claimed that they were only “enforcing the dress code,” Wilkins accused the restaurant of discrimination saying, “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.”
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 pic.twitter.com/vh7zuyxH0K
— Dominique Wilkins 🏀 (@DWilkins21) May 22, 2021
Moreover, Rapper Killer Mike quickly rushed to Wilkins’ defense. And calling on the restaurant to make things right.
“@lebilboquetatlanta ya’ll better make this lame shit right. How ya’ll mistreat “NIQUE” @dominiquewilkins21!”said Killer Mike in an Instagram post on Sunday. “Ya’ll lame AF for that shawty! #ThatAintAtlantaALL #RacismIsLame #SuperWeak #ShutemDown.”
As a result, the restaurant in response released an apology but continued to deny the accusations of racism.
“We sincerely apologize to Dominique Wilkins for the events that occurred on May 22,” the tweet read. And while we will continue to have a dress code, we realize our current policy is subject to interpretation and can be unintentionally demeaning and divisive.” The restaurant has pledged to provide diversity, equity, and inclusion training to employees, reevaluate their dress code, and establish more rigid protocols to make sure all policies are equitably enforced. But we will not tolerate implicit or explicit bias. We have done and will continue do the work to ensure our restaurant is a place where all feel welcome,” said the statement.
In conclusion, the rap world and real world needs more like Killer Mike! We see you.