Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James, who just returned to the court Friday night after missing six weeks because of an ankle injury, is being pushed into the spotlight and is being called a hypocrite for a tweet – which James has since deleted.
After ex-officer Derek Chauvin was convicted in the death of George Floyd, a Columbus police officer shot and killed 16-year-old Ma’khia Bryant, prompting James to tweet, along with the officer’s picture, “You’re next #ACCOUNTABILITY.”
Detective Jamie McBride, a member of the Los Angeles Police Protective League Board of Directors, told Fox’s Laura Ingraham: “LeBron James sent that tweet out to over fifty million followers to incite violence is basically what that tweet did …
“No officer wants to take a life, but I’ll tell you one thing, that officer saved a life and he’s a hero.”
The Los Angeles Protective League sent a letter to NBA commissioner Adam Silver, requesting a formal investigation into James’ tweet.
McBride wants to know whether James violated league policies, adding that the NBA has been “silent” to this point.
In explaining why he deleted the tweet, James wrote on Twitter April 21: “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”
McBride told Ingraham: “Celebrities all throughout Los Angeles…and LeBron James hire off-duty police officers who do security at their houses for him, but they won’t mention them in anything because obviously, they’re going to look bad to their followers. They’re trying to create this image of being a crusader and what they are is inciting violence.”