John Henson is a member of the Milwaukee Bucks. He’s 6-foot-11. When he’s out and about, people notice. And according to Henson, a trip to do some shopping in a Milwaukee suburb ended abruptly with a police presence.
On Monday, Henson posted a photo to his Instagram account of a storefront that he claims houses a business that discriminated against him when he pulled up to shop for a watch.
Instead of being greeted by sales staff, Henson says the employees hid as if he were a would-be burglar, and that he got to chat with police as a result. Henson says the store went into lockdown when he arrived, and that even after explaining why the vehicle he was driving was badged as a dealer vehicle, he overheard police considering investigating further:
Tom Dixon, the store owner, told WISN12 news that the misunderstanding was over the car, not Henson. The store has apparently experienced three armed robberies in the past year and a half, and one of the vehicles involved in that spree is from the same dealership as Henson’s vehicle. When employees saw the vehicle with dealer plates, Dixon said, they became suspicious.
Henson is not new to Milwaukee. The North Carolina product has played in at least 63 games for the Bucks each of the past three seasons. He has averaged 8.1 points and 5.5 rebounds in 200 career games.
The jeweler — Schwanke-Kasten — appears to have a Twitter account that was recently made private. After the incident, the store looked to have removed jewelry from their display cases: