Barclays Center Faces Major Racial Discrimination Lawsuit
The Barclays Center is being accused of racist treatment by three African-American luxury box holders. The Brooklyn arena is being sued for $4 million by three black employees at Ludwig’s Drug Store in Prospect Heights, who purchased rights to a box earlier this month for three years for nearly $1 million. However, the box owners, Glen DeFreitas, Sean Scarborough and Jermaine Pratt, claim in the lawsuit they “have been subject to adverse treatment because of their race.”
The three men claim that staff at the Barclays Center have accused them of trying to skip out on bills, ignored their food and drink requests and had security guards sent over to investigate their box. Defreitas alleges that Brian Basloe, the Barclays Senior Vice President of suite and ticket sales, inquired to him on numerous occasions as to why he was in the pricy seats.
“They are often ignored by defendants staff and are forced to wait extensive periods of time for their orders to be fulfilled,” the suit states. “Generally their orders arrive hours after they are placed, if they arrive at all.”
A spokesman for Barclays denied the charges of racism file against the arena. “We have neither received legal papers nor any complaints from the suite holder,” said Barclays communication director Barry Baum to the New York Post. “In fact, we have never received a complaint like this since Barclays Center has opened. We have a zero tolerance policy for any type of discriminatory behavior. It is against everything that Barclays Center stands for.”
Jay-Z owns one-fifth of one percent stake in the arena, making this the second racial controversy he has found himself battling in just two weeks. Last week, he came under fire for remaining silent about two racial profiling lawsuits filed against Barneys New York, despite having a business relationship with them. It was reported last month that Jay Z is looking to sell his stake in the Barclays Center.