Yesterday (October 19), Milwaukee Bucks power forward John Henson courageously aired out local Schwanke-Kasten Jewelers after employees locked the doors upon seeing a tall Black man approaching and told him to “go away.”
Today, Henson says he received an apology from the jewelry store’s president and he’s apparently content with what was said.
“He was sincere in his apology,” Henson told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel of his meeting with Tom Dixon, the SKJ president. “He knew that shouldn’t have happened. He’s had some prior incidents, but it still doesn’t make it right for them to do what they did. It’s a real issue, but right now I want to focus on the game tonight (vs. Minnesota) and there will be time to talk about it later. I am going to do some things to raise awareness of situations like that and go from there.”
Dixon also released the following statement for the media:
“We all agree that racial profiling is never acceptable and deeply regret how the circumstances unfolded Friday and today (Monday).
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.”
On Monday, Henson call the experience “one of the most degrading and racially prejudice[d] things [he] ever experienced in life.” However, the 24-year-old showed great maturity despite the local authorities using the store’s recent string of robberies as an excuse for their behavior. That is why the workforce created armed security guards.
Photo: Instagram / John Henson