John Henson, the Milwaukee Bucks big man, took to Instagram on Monday to claim that he he’d been racially profiled during a trip to a jewelry store in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin.
Here’s a transcript of Henson’s Instagram post: “Went to @schwankekasten jewelry today in White-Fish Bay during regular business hours. They locked the door and told me to go away. After I rang the doorbell twice everyone went to the back. No (one) answered the door or told me what was going on. This was followed by two police cars pulling up and parking across the street and watching me for 5 minutes (I assumed they were called by the store). I was then approached by two officers and questioned about the dealer vehicle I was in which is a part of my endorsement deal with Kunes country Chevrolet and asked me what I wanted amongst other things that were just irrelevant to me being there just trying to shop at the store like a normal paying customer would do.”
Later, the police instructed the owners to allow Henson into the store. Henson revealed that he wanted to purchase a watch. Police said that an employee of the store, even after learning Henson played for the Bucks, asked the cops to stay for the transaction.
Henson felt utterly wronged. “This was one of the most degrading and racially prejudice things I’ve ever experienced in life and wouldn’t wish this on anyone. This store needs to be called out and that’s what I’m doing. You have no right to profile someone because of their race and nationality and this incident needs to be brought to light and I urge anyone who ever is thinking of shopping here reads this and doesn’t bring any business to this discriminatory place.”
The incident has caused a massive outcry on social media.
The store owner apologized Tuesday in a statement and expressed a desire to meet with Henson personally. They met at Bucks’ training center. “He was sincere in his apology,” said Henson, who proceeded to delete his Instagram post.
Though Henson has accepted the apology, this incident continues to evoke outcries on social media.
Troubling for the entire Bucks family. Nobody should have to experience what John did. https://t.co/d6gCnub30c
— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) October 19, 2015