Bucks' John Henson Details Experience at Jewelry Store on Instagram

Matt Fitzgerald@@MattFitz_geraldCorrespondent IIIOctober 19, 2015

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Milwaukee Bucks big man John Henson felt he was discriminated against because of his race in an encounter he had with employees of Schwanke-Kasten Jewelers and police Monday.

Henson wrote about his experience in extensive detail on Instagram, indicating he went to the Milwaukee jewelry store during normal business hours but was turned away. He wasn't given an explanation and was locked out of the store, and two police cars arrived shortly thereafter.

According to Henson's post, police questioned him about the Chevrolet vehicle he drives as part of an endorsement deal and ran his license plate. Schwanke-Kasten Jewelers employees had originally retreated to the back of the store when Henson rang the doorbell, but the officers later informed them that it was safe to come out, Henson wrote. 

The owner of the store, Thomas Dixon, spoke with wisn.com about the incident, stating it was the car, not Henson, that caused his employees to close their doors:

Dixon said the store has had three armed robberies in 18 months, and one of the suspect vehicles involved is from the same dealership as Henson's vehicle.  Dixon said when employees saw the vehicle with dealer plates, they became suspicious based on the previous robberies.

Dixon said the misunderstanding is over the vehicle involved, and was not due to racial profiling.

The Whitefish Bay Police department released a statement describing their involvement in the situation, per A.J. Bayatpour of Fox 6 in Milwaukee:

Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today provided the entire release from the police. 

Wisconsin congresswoman Gwen Moore felt compelled to address the matter and support Henson:

This is certainly a bad dose of publicity for Schwanke-Kasten Jewelers. 

Henson was the 14th overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft and has played sparingly during his time with the Bucks. But the 24-year-old did register strong per-36-minute averages of 13.8 points, 9.1 rebounds and four blocks last season.

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