Man escorted from Hibbett Sports goes viral

Posted at 10:32 PM, Apr 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-25 08:47:32-04

OWASSO, Okla. -- A viral video is making its way around Facebook, which shows a man escorted out of the Hibbett Sports in Owasso by police after two employees called 911 claiming they felt uncomfortable.

Now, a former district manager claims he was fired because of it.

The video was recorded February 17, but just now surfacing online. The man speaking is Robert Robedeaux, a member of the Pawnee Nation.

“The first thing he said to the girl was, ‘Are you the only one working?’” former Hibbett Sports District Manager Jason Lock said.

Lock says he wasn’t there at the time of the incident but is relaying what the two employees inside say they observed.

"They felt uneasy, the two female employees that were there, so they decided to call the police for a walkthrough," he said.

The incident report says the employees told police they had a suspicious customer and wanted him trespassed and not to return. Police say when Robedeaux left when requested and provided his license.

While the officer was creating a trespassing warning notice, an outstanding Owasso city warrant showed in relation to an improper parking offense from December 24, 2016.

Lock claims he was fired Monday after 15 years with the company because of the viral video.

“I feel like they did the right thing," Lock said. "The company was like you know, we can’t have anything escalate like Starbucks," he said.

“If I had to do it over again I would," Lock said.

Robedeaux’s attorney sent 2 Works for You a statement.  

Saying the incident is an example of racial profiling.

“I’m not saying that it doesn’t happen, I’m just saying in this situation there was more to the story that wasn’t present in the video," Jason's wife Tamara Lock said.

The family is depending on one income

“It’s not just a number in their bottom line, this is my family.”

Now, this father of two is trying to wrap his mind around what happened.

“I lost my job and it’s not fair," Lock said.

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