Bengals running back James Wilder Jr. claimed on social media that he was racially profiled while shopping at a Toys R Us in Florence, Ky Monday afternoon.
Wilder Jr., a Bengals practice squad member, took to Twitter to say how he went to the Florence Toys R Us and they accused him of stealing from the store earlier in the day and that he came back in to steal more.
Wow!!! Going shopping for the fam n sittin at the front desk for being accused of stealing out of toys r us!!!— James Wilder Jr (@IAm_Wilder32) December 21, 2015
Said I walked in this morning and stole n now I came back to steal more!!!— James Wilder Jr (@IAm_Wilder32) December 21, 2015
Cops called on me for this!!!— James Wilder Jr (@IAm_Wilder32) December 21, 2015
He posted a video on Facebook inside the store explaining the incident. The video has garnered 23 shares after being posted Monday at 3:43 p.m.
"Kicked out of toys r us for being accused of stealing no proof no nothing just told to leave," Wilder posted on Facebook.
Wilder Jr. claims on Twitter that before he was kicked out, he was able to get games for his nephew for Christmas.
On a good note At least before they kicked us out I got the games my nephew been saying he wants for Christmas pic.twitter.com/tybImtetIy— James Wilder Jr (@IAm_Wilder32) December 21, 2015
A store supervisor, who wouldn't give FOX19 NOW a name, says otherwise.
The employee says Wilder bought his items and overheard employees talking about another customer who tried to steal a cart full of goods earlier today and Wilder thought it was about him.
Wilder was never accused of anything, according to the supervisor. The supervisor said he caused a scene and wouldn't leave which prompted a call to police.
A statement from the Toys “R” Us to FOX19 NOW reads, in part, “We are looking into this matter.”
Florence police said no incident report was filed.
In a sequence of tweets early Tuesday morning, Wilder says:
As a professional I apologize to everyone for my unprofessional rant about toys r us cause a few officers and one managers act… Not backing down at all the matter is being handled the right way through people who support me,I'll trust the job will be handled correctly… Never would I want to take attention away from the bengals organizations success for negative press of an individual like I!!!
FOX19 NOW also reached out to the Bengals and they had no comment.
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