From Patch Staff Reports
A federal jury Friday found that a Buckhead tavern did not violate the civil rights of a former professional basketball player and an Atlanta attorney by asking them to give up their seats to two white women, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
The jury reached its verdict in less than 15 minutes of deliberation, the newspaper said.
Former NBA all-star Joe Barry Carroll and attorney Joseph Shaw were drinking in the five years ago when they encountered the tavern's unwritten policy that men be asked to give up seats for women in exchange for a free round of drinks, the newspaper said.
The Huffington Post reported that the two had been seeking at least $3 million in damages.