This afternoon, the Milwaukee Bucks' John Henson alleged a discriminatory experience at Schwanke-Kasten jewelers' Whitefish Bay location.
The Bucks forward – who just this month signed a 4-year, $44 million contract extension to stay in Milwaukee – posted a photo of the store with his account of events, alleging that while window shopping during regular business hours, the employees locked him out of the store, refused to respond to doorbell rings, went to the back of the shop and – Henson alleges – called the police, who then approached and questioned Henson.
Henson's full version of events is below:
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 .
OnMilwaukee has reached out to Schwanke-Kasten for a comment – it has currently locked its Twitter account – and will update this story as we learn more.
Obviously, however, if Henson's story is remotely true, it's an embarrassment that reflects horribly on the village of Whitefish Bay and the entire city of Milwaukee. During a time when the Bucks have made notable strides in making Milwaukee a more appealing destination for free agents and, on a far more important level, the city as a whole has put forward efforts into solving its greater segregation and racial woes, this – if an accurate account of the events – feels like a big step back.
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When he's not writing about the latest blockbuster or talking much too glowingly about "Piranha 3D," Matt can probably be found watching literally any sport (minus cricket) or working at - get this - a local movie theater. Or watching a movie. Yeah, he's probably watching a movie.