Former Ohio State football captain Dionte Johnson mentioned Saturday his shoe and attire store in Ohio was looted and damaged during the George Floyd protests within the state.
Video that surfaced on social media Friday evening confirmed a number of folks robbing and damaging Sole Classics, positioned in Columbus. The previous fullback wrote on Instagram that he’s acquired an outpouring of help from the group for the reason that incident.
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“On May 29th our shop was looted and destructed by a group of individuals. In the moment we were angry and looking for answers, however, within minutes after the incident we began to receive an out-pour of love and support from our local and global community looking for ways to help. That love immediately helped to overpower the negativity,” the statement read.
“We have been asked to create a donation link to help in recovery efforts. Although we do not yet have a set dollar amount for recovery, we do believe that we will exceed our goal, so we will also be using any excess donations to contribute to neighboring minority-owned small businesses who have been damaged as well. Thank you in advance for your love, empathy and support.”
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The store posted one other photograph on Instagram exhibiting a message on the boards conserving folks from going into the store.
“THIS IS ON US! For generations we have called the youth stupid, taken funding from their programs, kicked them out of places and ignored them. What would you expect? Don’t lock your doors tighter, open your hearts wider. Spread love, Sc.”
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Johnson performed for the Buckeyes from 2004 to 2007. He purchased the store in 2010 and opened up two different places within the metropolis since then, in accordance with Eleven Warriors.