Ex-NBA star accuses restaurant of racial bias

ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS) -- A federal jury will soon consider a lawsuit filed by a former NBA All-Star who claims a ritzy Atlanta restaurant discriminated against him and a friend when waiters insisted they give up their seats to white women.

The trial against the Tavern at Phipps began on Monday as jurors were selected to hear the lawsuit brought by Joe Barry Carroll, who played parts of 10 seasons in the league, and Joseph Shaw, an attorney.

The two men, who are black, said they were removed by security guards when they refused to leave their seats. They said it was part of a systematic effort to delay service and limit drinks to black customers.

The restaurant has said it often asks men to give up their seats to women at the bar.


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