*Christmas shopping at Toys “R” Us turned in to an incident of racial profiling, according to Cincinnati Bengals running back James Wilder Jr.
In a video he posted on his Facebook page on Monday (Dec. 21), Wilder puts Toys “R” Us on blast for what he called ‘shopping while black.’ Upon arriving at the store, Wilder stated that the store’s manager confronted him with accusations of trying to steal a care cart full of toys earlier that same day
“Calls us to the front, calls the sheriff,” the athlete said while revealing the story behind the incident in his Facebook video. “Now I’m sitting up here at the front. Messed up my whole shopping process, messed up my day ’cause we in Kentucky Toys R Us and they say I want to steal, like I got a reason to steal.”
Despite his efforts to prove he wasn’t the man who attempted to steal from the store earlier that day, Wilder said the manager refused to show him store footage and instead called the police. From there, Wilder was asked to leave Toys “R” Us.
Reflecting on what happened, Wilder said the entire incident at the store left him feeling “publicly humiliated, offended and embarrassed.”
At this time, Toys “R” Us has issued no formal statement in response to Wilder’s claims. According to reports, the company stated that is looking into the incident.
Scroll below to check out Wilder’s Facebook video:
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