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John Henson is a 6-11 African-American who plays for the Milwaukee Bucks. After three years at North Carolina, where he was twice ACC Defensive Player of the Year, Henson was a first-round pick in 2012 and earned a four-year, $45 million contract extension earlier this month.

On Monday, Henson considered using some of his new cash on a watch. Then this happened.


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 .

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Based on Henson's post, he is claiming he approached to Schwanke-Kasten, a jewelry store in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, a village in Milwaukee County, when employees shut the door and told him to leave. Henson was then questioned about his car, which he was given through his partnership with Kunes Country Chevrolet in Delavan, Wisconsin. Eventually, the Schwanke-Kasten employees and Whitefish Bay Police conducted business as usual.

Neither Schwanke-Kasten nor White Bay Police have issued a statement after the incident. However, SB Nation's Rodger Sherman caught a questionable Instagram post on the Schwanke-Kasten account.



The Schwanke-Kasten Twitter account is listed under the name Tom Dixon. Both Schwanke-Kasten's Twitter and Instagram are private, although it appears that may have been the result of Henson's post, with Sherman's screenshot coming before the privatization.




On top of this, the store appears to be shutting down earlier Monday.


Here is the full text of Henson's Instagram post:

"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 ."

Henson also posted on Twitter.



According to Christina Palladino of WISN12 News, jewelry from the store was removed from display, and there is more to the story.



The Bucks have two preseason games left, with the next being Tuesday against the Timberwolves in Madison, Wisconsin. The team opens the season at home Oct 28 against the Knicks.

Schwanke-Kasten was established in 1899, according to its website. There is also a downtown Milwaukee location.

** Update: Schwanke-Kasten president Tom Dixon released a statement, via Mueller Communications, at approximately 8:40 p.m. CT Monday:

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.

Additional Background Information

On Friday, the store received multiple calls regarding how much of specific types of inventory were in stock and what time the store closed. Based on concerns regarding these calls and following our regular protocol, we closed the store 30 minutes early and notified the Whitefish Bay Police Department. At that time, the Department began to patrol the area and recorded the license plate number of a vehicle the police department determined was suspicious in origin, because its plates were issued by a dealer and were not registered to the vehicle on which they were displayed. Based on subsequent conversations between the Police and the dealer, the dealer indicated that it was possible the plates were stolen.

The police identified the make and model of the vehicle to us on Friday. When store employees saw the same car outside the store earlier today, they followed safety protocol and called the Whitefish Bay Police Department. As a precaution, employees kept the store locked, as it always is during business hours, until the police determined there was no cause for concern. The store was then re-opened and the individuals were invited in and browsed in the store.

I have met John Henson in the store before. There is no excuse for what he experienced today and I hope to see him again to personally apologize.

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