The Atlanta Hawks have previously had problems with racism in the organization, and now it could be in hot water again.
The Hawks are being sued by a former security employee who says he was fired because he brought up to management that security was different for black and white performers.
According to the lawsuit, black entertainers whose requests to bypass metal detectors were denied include hip-hop artists Drake, Future, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Kanye West, 2 Chainz, Jeezy, The Dream and Migos, as well as comedians Cedric the Entertainer, Eddie Griffin, D.L. Hughley and Katt Williams.
Meanwhile, the lawsuit says, white performers, including comedian Amy Schumer and musical acts Axl Rose, Bon Jovi, Adele, Radiohead and Ariana Grande, were allowed to bypass metal detectors. Some were also allowed special parking and entrance privileges that were denied to black entertainers, the lawsuit says.
Remember that anyone can sue anyone for anything, and the Hawks said that they don’t believe the lawsuit has any merit. But still, given their history, this isn’t great news for the organization.