‘I was humiliated’: Black ex-NBA player says Georgia cops searched car for drugs because he ‘fit the look’
A former NBA point guard says he was racially profiled by Georgia police looking for drugs during a traffic stop.
Anthony Morrow, who played nine seasons in the NBA, was stopped Thursday night by police in Commerce, about 70 miles northeast of Atlanta, while picking up his daughter for a visit, reported the Charlotte Observer.
The 31-year-old Morrow said he was driving the speed limit on Interstate 85 when officers pulled him over and questioned him for no reason about drugs in the car.
“No probable cause, no drug scent, no indication of me being intoxicated,” Morrow posted on his Instagram account. “I posted this to let people know profiling is REAL no matter what your profession is. I fit the look of a guy driving a certain car that would have drugs and money in my car so I got randomly pulled over and violated.”
Morrow said police tore apart his car looking for drugs without probable cause but didn’t find anything.
“I was humiliated on the side of the road,” Morrow told the newspaper. “I had my (car’s) hood up and the trunk up. How much more did they need?”
Morrow said he filed an official complaint about the incident, but it’s not clear which department he contacted.
The Commerce police chief said George State Patrol troopers conducted the traffic stop, but representatives with that agency have not commented.
Same cops pulled him over saw me drive past and pulled me over. I'm using my platform for awareness. In the end They didn't find shit bc I didn't have shit and they tried to play it off as 'We're just doing our job' No probable cause, no drug scent, No indication of me being intoxicated. I posted this to let people know profiling is REAL no matter what your profession is. I fit the look of a guy driving a certain car that would have drugs and money in my car so I got randomly pulled over and violated. Officer Fuller and Officer Fleming down in Commerce, Georgia damn near pulled my car apart looking for drugs and money. Let's be clear I'm NOT with that F*ck the Police shit. I have Two uncles that are Sheriffs here in Charlotte, North Carolina and I would never want anything bad to happen to them. But we need to hold the unlawful and bad cops accountable.