Anthony Morrow says he was racially profiled during traffic stop

SHARE Anthony Morrow says he was racially profiled during traffic stop
am.jpg

Former Bulls guard Anthony Morrow said he felt “degraded” after being stopped by police in Georgia. (Getty Images)

Anthony Morrow was on his way to pick up his 8-year-old daughter last week in Atlanta when the state patrol lights flashed. The free-agent shooting guard, who ended last season with the Chicago Bulls, pulled over his Dodge Charger on Interstate 85 in Commerce, Georgia, at 6 p.m. on Aug. 24.

Morrow, 31, wondered why he was being stopped.

“I was humiliated on the side of the road” Morrow told The Charlote Observer. “I had my hood up and the trunk up. How much more did they need?”

Morrow, who was wearing a tank top and basketball shorts, was reportedly asked, “Are there any drugs, large sums of money or guns in this car?” He said no.

Morrow said that police questioned him about a “sweet smell” coming from the car. He told police it was an air freshener. According to Morrow, police persisted, frisking him and then searching the car with a dog.

From The Charlotte Observer:

Morrow said one of the policemen Googled his name, then started asking him how much money he makes as a professional athlete. At one point, Morrow said, one of the policemen commented on Morrow’s bloodshot eyes. Morrow replied he has twin babies that have kept him up late at night, and he had been driving for hours.

After finding nothing, Morrow said the officers finally left with one saying, “sorry about the inconvenience.”

Morrow took to social media to point out the two officers and raise awareness about “racial profiling.”

In an Instagram post, Morrow said the officers realized at some point that they had no reason to pull him over. “They realized they hadn’t [given a cause],” Morrow wrote. “And they checked my tint and said it was too dark and that’s why they pulled me over.”

According to a USA Today report, Morrow was issued a warning for window tint by the Georgia State Patrol.

On Twitter, Morrow denied receiving the warning.

“I felt degraded,” Morrow told The Charlotte Observer. “I know what I stand for; humanity and peace.”

The Latest
Sometimes life comes at you so hard. “It’s indescribable,” Bielema said after the Illini’s 41-3 win against Northwestern.
The teen was in the 6600 block of South Washtenaw Avenue when he was shot.
Mount Carmel didn’t leave anything to doubt, solidly beating Batavia 44-20 at Memorial Stadium.
The officers were responding to a disturbance in the 100 block of West Division Street when they were injured.
Various media outlets’ bowl projections have Illinois going to the Music City Bowl in Nashville, Tenn., on New Year’s Eve, the Pinstripe Bowl in New York on Dec. 29 or the Duke’s Mayo Bowl in Charlotte, N.C., on Dec. 30.