LeBron James tweeted a picture of the police officer Wednesday who reportedly shot and killed 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant while defending another female from being stabbed with knife a in Columbus, Ohio. The NBA star captioned the photo “YOU’RE NEXT” with an hourglass emoji and the hashtag #ACCOUNTABILITY, as previously reported by The Freedom Times.
LeBron admittedly removed the tweet after it circulated for about an hour on Twitter.
LeBron James’ deleted post:
Just a couple hours after Lebron deleted his tweet on Wednesday, the four-time NBA champ issued the following statement on his Twitter account: “I’m so damn tired of seeing Black people killed by police. I took the tweet down because its being used to create more hate. This isn’t about one officer. it’s about the entire system and they always use our words to create more racism. I am so desperate for more ACCOUNTABILITY.”
LeBron James admitting to removing the controversial tweet after it circulated on Twitter:
I’m so damn tired of seeing Black people killed by police. I took the tweet down because its being used to create more hate -This isn’t about one officer. it’s about the entire system and they always use our words to create more racism. I am so desperate for more ACCOUNTABILITY
— LeBron James (@KingJames) April 21, 2021
According to Newsweek:
“The police claim [Ma’Khia] Bryant threatened two girls with a knife on Tuesday when she fatally shot by an officer…. The incident occurred shortly before a jury reached a guilty verdict in the murder trial of the former Minneapolis police officer Chauvin for the killing of George Floyd. Bryant’s caused immediate protest in Columbus and is currently under investigation.”
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) April 21, 2021
The 45th President lashed out on LeBron James in a statement Thursday, via email from The Office Of Donald Trump, following James’ deleted tweet:
LeBron James should focus on basketball rather than presiding over the destruction of the NBA, which has just recorded the lowest television RATINGS, by far, in the long and distinguished history of the League.
His RACIST rants are divisive, nasty, insulting, and demeaning. He may be a great basketball player, but he is doing nothing to bring our Country together!