John Henson, the big man for the Milwaukee Bucks got more than he bargained last Monday when he visited a classy jewelry shop in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin.
John Henson, the 6’11 NBA player was purportedly “racially profiled” when he entered the Schwanke-Kasten jewelry store. Instead of being attended promptly as a patron, the employees of the said establishment shooed him away immediately, after which they closed and bolted the door of the shop. Two uniformed law enforcement men made contact with him as he stood outside and rang the doorbell of the posh shop. The officers began to quiz the big man on his reason for going inside the store and the vehicle which he was driving. The 14th overall pick of 2012 brought along a Chevrolet which was part of the athlete’s endorsement deal. Henson, who recently signed a contract extension with the Bucks for $45 million for four years was then given the chance to enter the premises once more when he told the police that “he was just trying to look at a watch”.
The North Carolina Tar Heels recounted the traumatic encounter on a lengthy Instagram post which generated a lot of backlash on the shop from his followers.
Henson declared that “he wouldn’t wish this on anyone” and that the store’s actions should come to attention to the general public.
“You have no right to profile someone because of their race and nationality, and this incident needs to be brought to light,” the third-year NBA veteran vehemently added.
In a report from WKOW, Tom Dixon the President of Schwanke-Kasten Jewelers, gave an official statement regarding the dreadful matter which was triggered with a vehicle mix-up.
“I have met John Henson in the store before. There is no excuse for what he experienced today and I hope to see him again to personally apologize,” Dixon ended it with an apology.
Schwanke-Kasten Jewelers has been robbed in three occasions for the past 18 months as cited by Bleacher Report, with one of the vehicles in question similar to the model that Henson was using during that day.
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