LeBron James Threatens Officer Who Allegedly Shot Knife-Wielding Teen: ‘You’re Next’
NBA star LeBron James publicly threatened a police officer Wednesday on his Twitter account by posting a picture of the officer with the accompanying message “YOU’RE NEXT.”
The picture of the officer was a screen capture from video that was shot after the police shooting. The shooting fatally wounded 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant.
Picture above from TheBlaze was purposely edited to redact the officer's face.
On Tuesday, officers arrived at the scene of Bryant tackling one female to the ground while holding the knife but then attacking another. One of the officers shot Bryant just before she stabbed the second female.
The body camera footage clearly showing Bryant swinging a knife at the two other girls wasn’t enough to stop protests nor the opinionated LeBron James from tweeting out his perspective. In his tweet, James posted a picture of the officer along with the message “YOU’RE NEXT” and an emoji of an hourglass alongside the hashtag “#ACCOUNTABILITY.”
James’ boneheaded and absolutely uncalled for tweet was eventually deleted over an hour later after it was met with a firestorm of criticism from others on Twitter.
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) responded to James on Twitter saying, "Lebron James is inciting violence against an Ohio police officer. This is disgraceful and dangerous. Is the NBA okay with this? Is Twitter?"
Clay Travis, founder of Outkick, replied, "Did you even watch the video, bud? He shot a woman armed with a knife trying to kill an unarmed person! Here's his perspective. This is even more shameful than you shutting up and dribbling for your boy Chairman Xi in China."
The National Fraternal Order of Police responded, ".@KingJames, with his vast resources & influence, should educate himself and, frankly, has a responsibility to do so, on the facts before weighing in. This is disgraceful & extremely reckless. The officer saved a young girl's life. No amount of gaslighting will change that fact."
Despite all of the outrage his tweet summoned, James never apologized for it. Instead, he published a follow-up tweet attempting to explain his decision to write the original.
He wrote, "ANGER does any of us any good and that includes myself! Gathering all the facts and educating does though! My anger still is here for what happened that lil girl. My sympathy for her family and may justice prevail!"
He added, "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"
I’m not sure if James is too stupid to realize that two other lives could have been harmed or even taken had the officer not responded in the way that he did. Or maybe he just does not care. I mean “may justice prevail” for what, LeBron? Saving another’s life?
It’s really just common sense, but James evidently lacks that. Whatever the case may be, he is clearly onboard with sowing seeds of division in this country, especially if it fits the far left-wing narrative that cops are bad and need to be defunded.
LeBron, stick to what you’re good at – basketball – not commentary on current affairs. Do yourself a favor and prevent yourself from making anymore dumb comments.