ESPN’s Marc Spears Gets Apology After Racial Profiling Incident

The journalist accused employees of a California home furnishings store of subjecting him and his friends to racial discrimination.

ESPN’s Marc Spears has received an apology from a store that he accused of racially profiling him and a group of Black friends that he was with, reports the San Francisco Chronicle.

The incident took place on Saturday (Dec. 30)  at an Anthem Interiors in Healdsburg, Calif., about 70 miles north of San Francisco. Spears, a native of San Jose, took to Instagram to share his unfortunate experience.

“On this night, however, while enjoying Healdsburg, my friends and I, all African-American, were racially profiled at a store in Healdsburg called @antheminteriors (Anthem Interiors) by the two employees,” Spears’ Instagram post read.

“When things like that happen, I get angry inside and feel pressure to buy something expensive to prove my worth and their wrong,” Spears continued. “After refraining from the urge, I tried to give the lady that worked there the benefit of the doubt by asking if she knew where the nearest bathroom was.”

According to Spears, one of the employees told him that he should go across the street to use another store’s facilities when he asked to use the bathroom.

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“She suggested that I go to the @healdsburgpolicedepartment across the street to use their facilities. Confused, I asked her why would I go to the bathroom at a police station? Her response was that it will be OK they won’t arrest you,” Spears said. “I immediately departed and found a bathroom at a very friendly wine bar across the street called @liocowineco.”

After the incident went viral, Janelle Loevner, the founder of Anthem Interiors offered an apology to Spears, the Chronicle said.

“I’m deeply sorry that was his experience,” Loevner said. “I worked really long and hard to build a solid business. I care deeply about the community, my employees, about all of it — so for this to happen it’s just devastating.”

Spears seemingly accepted the apology saying that he felt it was “sincere.”

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