Monday, October 19, 2015

NBA Player Alleges Racial Profiling At Jewelry Store

Milwaukee Bucks power forward John Henson called the incident "degrading."

Milwaukee Bucks' John Henson is calling out a high-end jewelry store for alleged racial profiling after he was refused service and then confronted by police in the parking lot. 
In an Instagram post shortly after the alleged Monday afternoon incident, the 24-year-old power forward called the ordeal "one of the ... most degrading and racially prejudice [sic] things I've ever experienced in life" and noted that he "wouldn't wish this on anyone."
Henson wrote that when he tried to enter Schwanke-Kasten Jewelers in the Milwaukee suburb of Whitefish Bay, employees locked the door on him and told him to go away. Henson noted he was trying to make a purchase during regular business hours. 
A few moments later, Henson said a pair of police cars pulled up and watched him from a distance for about five minutes. He said he suspected the store had called the cops on him. 
Henson said two officers then questioned him about his car, which he said he drives as part of an endorsement deal with a local Chevrolet and Cadillac dealership. 

Schwanke-Kasten Jewelers did not immediately respond to phone calls or emails requesting comment. Several hours after Henson posted about the incident, the jewelry store deleted its Facebook profile, and locked down both its Twitter and Instagram accounts. 
Whitefish Bay Police Chief Michael Young did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the incident. 
Earlier this month the Bucks signed Henson to a four-year, $44 million extension that could increase to $48 million with incentives.

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