What’s appropriate to wear at one place may not be for another — with a university coach learning this the hard way during a celebratory weekend night out.
Coleman Maxwell, the assistant life and character coach at Texas Christian University, said he was denied entry at Texas Republic on Saturday night for wearing a pair of Nike Air Jordans, which went against the Fort Worth, Texas, bar’s dress code.
In a post on Twitter, Maxwell wrote about attempting to attend the draft party of TCU linebacker Ty Summers, who was selected by the Green Bay Packers in the seventh round of the 2019 NFL Draft.
“I missed out on an opportunity to celebrate @summerTYme42 because I was wearing a nice pair of Jordan’s [sic], with my black & white striped @RalphLauren Polo collard [sic] shirt and my nice black pair of @LEVIS jeans,” Maxwell said, describing the rest of his ensemble the prior evening.
According to Texas Republic’s website, prohibited apparel and footwear include baggy clothing, non-military-issued camouflage prints, Nike Air Jordan and Air Force 1 sneakers, Polo boots, Timberland shoes, solid-colored T-shirts, sports attires and offensive clothing.
In a series of posts, Maxwell, who is black, also alleged that the bar was inherently discriminating against certain racial demographics through its dress code.
“Just so you know that I’m being objective, I totally respect a venue’s dress code, if they have one,” he wrote. “What’s interesting about Texas Republic’s dress code is how specific it is. And how there is a hint of a racist motive in their dress code.”
He added: “Let me be clear, in case I wasn’t already. I don’t have an issue with private businesses having rights, and being able to set their own dress code in place. I do have a problem with a private business like Texas Republic targeting a specific audience with their dress code.”
FN has reached out to Texas Republic for comment.
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