'It wasn't a good feeling': An NFL player says he was turned away from a French restaurant in Atlanta due to his attire
- Atlanta Falcons player Grady Jarrett was denied entry to an Atlanta restaurant earlier this week.
- Jarrett called out Le Bilboquet in a now-deleted Instagram post, local news reported.
An NFL player says he was denied entry into an Atlanta restaurant earlier this week due to his attire, according to reports.
Atlanta Falcons defensive end Grady Jarrett claimed that Le Bilboquet, a French restaurant located in Buckhead, turned him away on Wednesday in a now-deleted Instagram post, WSB-TV reported.
According to the report, the football player was donning a casual Gucci tracksuit worth thousand of dollars and a tennis chain when the incident happened.
The outlet noted that in his post Jarrett said other people inside the establishment were dressed in T-shirts and sweatsuits. A photo of Jarrett's outfit was shared on Twitter by WSB-TV reporter Audrey Washington.
"It wasn't a good feeling," Jarrett told the outlet.
—Audrey Washington (@AudreyWSBTV) April 21, 2022
According to Le Bilboquet's policies, athletic and beach attire, sweatpants, baseball caps, cut denim, and flip flops are prohibited.
"You ever see someone working [out] in a full Gucci suit?" Jarett said, per WXIA-TV. "I'm an athlete."
In a statement to CBS46, the restaurant stood by its dress code policy but apologized to guests they had previously turned away. According to reports, former Atlanta Hawks player Dominque Wilkins was denied entry last year.
"Our dress code (which clearly states that athletic wear is not allowed) is posted at our door, online and reiterated by our reservation team. Last spring, we relaxed our dress code to accommodate Atlanta's more casual environment and required all staff members to undergo extensive sensitivity training," the statement said, per the outlet.
The statement continued: "We never want to turn away guests, but we must treat all guests equally by providing a standard for everyone who wishes to dine with us. Our apologies to anyone who has ever been turned away."
Jarrett told WXIA-TV he understands that places have dress codes; however, "for my suit to be classified as athletic wear under their discretion, I just didn't think that was really fitting or correct."
"Rules are the rules, just wonder if the woman who came in immediately after me, who I did not see come back out, was also denied service," Bottoms tweeted last Friday.
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