A Black family that alleges they were racially profiled and wrongly accused of shoplifting by a manager at Nike’s Santa Monica store filed a federal civil rights lawsuit Saturday against the athletic apparel company and the former employee.
Joel Stallworth and wife TaMiya Dickerson contend they were accused by white store manager Wendy Magee of stealing a $12 child’s basketball on July 5, 2019, from the Nike store on the Third Street Promenade. Dickerson posted a video on Facebook shortly afterward, showing their infant son Samuel holding the ball in the store. It also shows a copy of the receipt from their purchase of the ball.
A message to Nike seeking comment was not immediately answered, but after the video went viral last year, Nike said in a statement that it had reached out to the couple to “express our deepest apologies.”