John Henson has made nearly $10 million since entering the NBA in 2012-13, and just signed a four-year $44 million contract extension that begins next season. The Milwaukee Bucks center, obviously, has the financial means to purchase expensive, high-end jewelry.
Well, if retailers are comfortable selling that lavish merchandise to a 24-year-old black man, of course.
Henson pulled into the parking lot outside Schwanke-Kasten Jewelers in a majority white neighborhood of Milwaukee, WI on Monday to look at a watch. Instead of paying the 6’10 big man rapt attention the way they would most any other potential buyer, though, store employees locked the front door and implored him to leave. After he rang the door bell, those inside moved to the back of the room.
That’s when a pair of police cruisers parked nearby and kept an eye on Henson for five minutes. The officers subsequently approached and began peppering him with questions, including where he procured the luxury vehicle he was driving. The former University of North Carolina student explained the car was on lease as the result of an endorsement deal, and that he was simply there to do some regular shopping.
After running Henson’s license plates to confirm his story, the policemen finally went to the back of the shop and told Schwanke-Kasten employees that there was nothing irregular occurring – except to them, apparently, a black man doing something other than committing a crime.
Read the caption of Henson’s Instagram post below for a description of this harrowing ordeal in his own words. We’ll keep you updated on this story as more details become available.