The only way I would believe Stevenson’s version of the story is if the cops didn’t know who he was. A large Black man walking around aimlessly apartment complex with Abe Lincoln tattooed on his neck is a recipe to be put in handcuffs with little to no evidence.
The truth is probably somewhere in the middle, but here is Stevenson’s account of what happened.
Stevenson said had been partying at a friend’s apartment and was searching for his phone in the parking lot when officers approached him.
He said he was lucid and that he told police he was not drunk or driving, but that they arrested him anyway.
“They just put me in handcuffs for no reason,” Stevenson said. “Just for winning the championship and getting accused of something that you had nothing to do with, it hurts.”
Stevenson, a large man who sports several tattoos, including on his face and neck, speculated that officers profiled him based on his appearance.
“A lot of people get stereotyped. If you see a person like me walking down the street — not in my suit attire — in my average attire, it kind of looks suspect,” he said.
I am sure Stevenson wasn’t as lucid as he claims, but as I said before his appearance is a walking stereotype, so he shouldn’t be shocked that he was arrested even for the slightest transgression.
In the end, he still has more rings than Lebron, so that should make him feel better.