In lieu [sic]of a report on the Garden’s longstanding active pursuit of celebrities to fill their front row for Knicks games, The Rumble called the Brooklyn Nets to ask their view on the celebrity scene at Barclays Center.
As with everything with these two rival franchises, it’s contrary.
“We don’t pursue celebrities to attend Nets games,’’ Barry Baum, the team’s chief communications officer at Barclays Center, told The Rumble. “It’s not our style. Celebrities that do come to Nets games pay for their seats. Whether you’re in the front row or last row, we treat everybody like a celebrity. We love when they come. But we won’t actively pursue them.’’
Baum said Chris Rock, Rihanna. Joe Girardi and David Beckham have been to Brooklyn games this season, and Jerry Seinfeld and Michael Strahan last year.
“We’re flattered celebrities wear our merchandise,’’ Baum said.
While that's part of the lawsuit, more prominent are claims of racial discrimination and retaliation, with black employees claiming repeated abuse by white supervisors, preferential treatment toward Hispanic colleagues, and retaliation in response to complaints.
Two individual supervisors, for example, are charged with referring to black employees as “black motherfucker,” “dumb black bitch,” “black monkey,” “piece of shit” and “nigger.”
Two have referred to an employee blind in one eye as “cyclops,” and “the one-eyed guy,” and an employee with a nose disorder as “the nose guy.”
There's been no official response yet though arena spokesman Barry Baum told the Daily News they, but take “allegations of this kind very seriously” and have "a zero tolerance policy for…