Seattle Seahawks star defensive player Kam Chancellor made news last week when he tweeted about employees of a shuttered gym calling the cops on him and his friends—an incident confirmed by police in the Seattle suburb of Redmond, Washington. Chancellor, who is Black and runs fitness boot camps for women, said he was interested in buying the business. TMZ released audio of the 911 call last Thursday (March 3), showing exactly what the gym employee said about him.
The gym employee who called didn’t know who Chancellor was. She instead described him as one a pack of men—three Black and two White—pounding on the door, with cameras in tow. The employee told the dispatcher that the crew was “bad news.”“I don’t know if they’re homeless kids,” she continued. ”I know there used to be a lot of heroin addicts around here.” She also made a reference to a “big black” vehicle and implored the dispatcher to send police even after the group began to leave.
Redmond police confirmed to Deadspin that Chancellor diffused the situation when officers arrived. The gym owner also told TMZ that race wasn’t a factor in the call, and that his employees did as they were instructed in situations involving unknown persons trying to enter the gym.