http://www.jsonline.com/sports/bucks/bucks-john-henson-says-he-was-racially-profiled-in-whitefish-bay-b99599623z1-334408321.htmlMadison — Milwaukee Bucks center-forward John Henson said Monday in an Instagram post that he was the victim of racial profiling at a Whitefish Bay jewelry store.
Schwanke-Kasten Jewelers president Tom Dixon released a statement Monday night expressing his regret over how the incident unfolded. The Whitefish Bay Police Department also released a statement to explain why officers were watching the area around the store and what happened Monday.
Henson detailed on Instagram how he was denied access to the jewelry store at 417 E. Silver Spring Drive when he went to buy a Rolex watch.
He posted this on his account:
"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 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 2 officers and questioned about the dealer vehicle I was in which is apart 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 . I told them I was just trying to look at a watch. He then had to go in the back and tell them to come out 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 . 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 . 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 ."
Dixon said multiple calls about inventory and what time the store closed caused the store to close 30 minutes early on Friday and Whitefish Bay police were notified.
According to the police, around 5 p.m. Friday they observed four individuals in a red Chevy Tahoe with vehicle plates issued to a dealer. When store employees saw a red Chevy Tahoe outside the store Monday, they called the police department.
Dixon had asked for extra watch on his store Monday after a Green Bay store that sells Rolex watches was burglarized on Sunday, the police report indicated.
Two officers approached Henson and another man, according to the report issued by Whitefish Bay Police Chief Michael Young. Henson told the officers Bucks players get vehicles from the dealership and that he was a member of the Bucks.
The police asked an employee to come to the front door to open the store, but the officer was asked to come to the back door. According to the report, Henson eventually was let in the front door, but a store employee requested that an officer stand by .
"Our officers refused and left the store. The officers then left the area," the report said.
Dixon said in his statement: "We all agree that racial profiling is never acceptable and deeply regret how the circumstances unfolded Friday and today.
"John Henson is a valued member of the Bucks basketball organization and a valued member of the Milwaukee community. We believe that everyone — professional athlete or not — deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. I have reached out to the Bucks organization and hope to sit down directly with John Henson to look one another in the eye, shake hands and apologize for what he experienced."
The Bucks released a statement Monday afternoon that said: "We've spoken with John about what happened. It's very troubling to all of us. Nobody should be treated that way."
Henson is beginning his fourth season with the Bucks. He recently signed a four-year, $44 million contract extension and is considered a key part of the young Bucks' core.
Henson, 24, has averaged 8.1 points and 5.5 rebounds in his three seasons.