Former George Mason basketball star Marquise Moore shares story of being handcuffed for 'being on the street'

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In light of the Milwaukee Bucks boycotting their NBA Playoff game and the rest of the league postponing its games, Marquise Moore determined that it was time to share his story and his experience. 

On Wednesday evening, the former George Mason basketball star shared his story of when he was racially profiled and handcuffed by a police officer. The reason? For "being on the street."

Moore posted a video [Warning: graphic language] on his Twitter account of him in cuffs and being escorted away to the police car.

"With the current climate of the world, I just felt like I shouldn't keep the story in," Moore told NBC Sports Washington. "I feel like people need to be made aware of situations like this. People need to be aware that you know situations happen like this more often than they think. Stuff happens like this on a daily basis whether it's on camera or not, but I just think people need to be more aware of what's going on in the world."

"I just couldn't hold that story in anymore, so I just felt the need to tell my part."

Moore's altercation with the police occurred in McAllen, Texas when he played with the Iowa Wolves in the NBA's G-league during 2019. He was with his team after a game against the Rio Grande Valley Vipers who are based in the neighboring town.

Both teams went out postgame to a nearby club. After they left the building and were waiting for their Uber ride, a Hispanic officer approached the group Moore was in. A majority of the members of his group were Black in an area where Moore viewed himself in the minority of other Hispanics. Moore estimates there were at least 100 people out on the street that night, but they were singled out.


The cop told the group they needed to leave when Moore informed him they were waiting for a ride. 

Five minutes later the officer returned and was pretty aggravated. Moore maintains that his group wasn't doing anything wrong, just waiting for their ride like many others.

"Basically he got upset that we weren't leaving fast enough, mind you there's still like 100 people outside because the club just ended maybe five to 10 minutes ago," Moore said. "So there's still plenty of people outside, so I don't know why he was targeting just me, but he basically shoved me and then told me put my hands behind my back, handcuffed me and then basically just dragged me to his car through the street."

Had it not been for the hometown Vipers stepping in during that immediate moment, he believes he would have gone to jail. Another officer arrived, who Moore described as "more reasonable" to help deescalate the interaction. After running Moore's driver's license, he was let go. 

This, however, was not the first time Moore believes he was the victim of racism or racial profiling by the police. Growing up in New York this treatment is nothing new to him. He once was pulled over by undercover detectives who searched his car without a warrant or probable cause.

"This is nothing new to me, I've been profiled. I've had a couple of situations like this but this was just the most eye-opening because I was really just standing on the sidewalk and it just seemed pointless," Moore said. 

Moore knows his story isn't unique and not as impactful as many other altercations between Black individuals have with police, like George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Jacob Blake. Still, he wants people to understand that those situations are not rare, rather, they are very common. 

"Not all police officers are bad, obviously, but they need to be held accountable, and the good ones need to hold the bad ones accountable to break the cycle."