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Cincinnati Bengals rookie running back James Wilder claims he was racially profiled while shopping at a Toys R Us store in Florence, Kentucky, on Monday.
Wilder made the claim in a series of Tweets that have since been deleted. It’s unclear if they were deleted because Wilder has retracted his accusation, or because Wilder and the store patched up their differences. However, we still have the content of the tweets.
“Wow!!!,” Wilder starts, “Going shopping for the fam n sittin at the front desk for being accused of stealing out of toys r us!!! Said I walked in this morning and stole n now I came back to steal more!!! Cops called on me for this!!!”
Wilder tells pretty much the same story in a video recorded inside the store and posted to Facebook. And fortunately, this video is still up.
Take a look:
Trying to Christmas shop for my family and I get Accused of stealing at toy r us a full basket of toys n said I was here earlier left n came back to steal more even though I walked in less than 5 min ago…I ask to look at cameras to show him he obviously has me mistaken he says no come to the front calls cops it happens to be 4 all white cops come in and kicks me out saying he doesn’t want me here shopping in disturbing his customers when I was minding my business and he came up to to me disturbing my shopping…I was publicly humiliated, offended and embarrassed with people recording the whole situation as if I was really trying to steal because of the manager MIKE BOILING decides to be racist toward me!!!!!
Posted by James J-dub Wilder on Monday, December 21, 2015
If Wilder’s version of events is accurate—and there’s no reason to suspect that they are not—Toys R Us is going to have a PR nightmare on their hands.
Wilder concluded by saying that he was at least able to buy the video game his nephew wanted before leaving the store. Though, to be honest, at that point I would have taken my business to another retailer.
Hat Tip – [Deadspin]