LEBRON James has mocked the owner of a bar who called for him to be thrown out of the NBA for a tweet about the fatal shooting of a teen by police.
Hours after the death of Ma'khia Bryant the NBA star posted an image of the officer who shot her with the caption "YOU'RE NEXT."
The tweet was later deleted but led to anger with Rep. Mike Loychik (R-Ohio), claiming James was inciting violence against the officer.
Former President Donald Trump attacked the Lakers star saying "his RACIST rants are divisive, nasty, insulting, and demeaning".
It also incurred the wrath of Jan Linneman, owner of Linnie’s Pub in Cincinnati, who wrote in a Facebook post: “If anyone wants to watch an NBA game, don’t come to Linnie’s Pub.
“We will not air them until Lebron James has been expelled from the NBA.”
When James, who grew up in Akron, Ohio, caught wind of the proposed boycott, he responded on Twitter in a sarcastic post accompanied by a “woozy face” emoji.
“Aww Damn! “I was headed there to watch our game tonight and have a drink! Welp”
After fielding a barrage of frustration by his fans for deleting the original tweet, on James explained his actions.
“I’m so damn tired of seeing Black people killed by police. I took the Tweet down because it’s being used to create more hate,” he tweeted.
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.”
Ma'khia Bryant’s fatal shooting occurred just before Derek Chauvin was found guilty on all counts in the death of George Floyd.
Video showed the knife-wielding teen being shot multiple times amid an altercation with two other females.
According to Bryant’s aunt, who spoke to the Columbus Dispatch, her niece reportedly lived in a foster home on Legion Lane and got into an altercation with someone else.
She claims that the teenager dropped the knife prior to being shot by police.
Police officer Nicholas Reardon was criticized for not using different methods to disarm the teen and de-escalate the situation instead of using a firearm.
But use-of-force expert Seth Stoughton saying that the cop who fatally shot Ma’Khia had no other option but to use deadly force.
“With the caveat that I only know what is shown on the video, I don’t see any clear options or alternatives that were available to the officer,” Stoughton told the Columbus Dispatch.
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