This is beyond upsetting. NBA star John Henson took to Instagram on Oct. 19 to call out a Milwaukee jewelry store after claiming that he was racially profiled and refused service based on his skin color. Disgusting!
We can’t believe this has happened. NBA star John Henson, 24 who just recently signed a four-year $44 million contract extension with the Milwaukee Bucks, took to Instagram on Oct. 19 to slam a local jewelry after he claims they denied him service and called the cops on him for attempting to buy a watch at their store. See his shocking post here!
Writing in a lengthy Instagram post, John detailed his horrifying experience at Schwanke-Kasten, a high-end jewelry store in the Whitefish Bay neighborhood of Milwaukee, where he claims he was racially profiled. The NBA star was going to shop for a watch during “regular business hours” but was allegedly denied service when the store’s employees locked the entrance and told him to go away. He said he rang the doorbell and saw employees disappear to the back before two cops arrived five minutes later.
“They locked the door and told me to go away. After I rang the doorbell twice everyone went to the back,” John wrote of the incident. “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.”
“I told them I was just trying to look at a watch,” the Milwaukee Bucks star continued. “[The officer] then had to go in the back and tell them to come out [and] it was safe but this is after they ran my plates and I overheard them talking about doing more of a background check on the car. The employees finally came out of the back and proceeded to conduct business like they previously were as we walked up.”
We can’t even begin to imagine how upsetting this must have been for the local basketball star, who is now calling for action against future acts of racial discrimination. “This was one of the the most degrading and racially prejudice things I’ve ever experienced in life and wouldn’t wish this on anyone,” John wrote. “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.”
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— Alyssa Montemurro