Colts' Darius Leonard says he was racially profiled, kicked out of Chipotle

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The CEO of Chipotle says the company is investigating an incident at its Florence, S.C., location that prompted Colts linebacker Darius Leonard to accuse the restaurant's manager and a customer of racial profiling.

The 24-year-old Pro Bowler on Thursday posted a video to his Instagram account in which he explained the incident.

"Me, three other black guys and a mixed woman. We're sitting there, just casually eating, away from everybody," Leonard explained in the video. "Toward the end of our meal, the manager (walked) up. We're not knowing why the manager's walking up, come up with a terrible attitude, asking us do we have a problem. We were all lost, trying to figure out what's going on.

"He's saying that a white guy said we were verbally abusing him, talking trash to him. It was basically a lie. And we basically got kicked out of Chipotle because of that, and they said they were going to call the police, they wanted to call the police on us."

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“We are currently investigating the incident involving Darius Leonard in Florence, South Carolina,” Chipotle CEO Brian Niccol said (via Pro Football Talk). “We have a zero tolerance policy for discrimination of any kind and we have suspended our manager while we conduct a thorough investigation.

"I’ve personally reached out to Darius and I’m committed to ensuring the appropriate action is taken once the investigation concludes.”

Leonard, a South Carolina native, was selected by Indianapolis in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft. He earned a first team All-Pro nod as a rookie and was a Pro Bowler last season.