LeBron James is facing serious backlash after he tweeted a picture of a police officer present at the Ma’Khia Bryant shooting.
What’s worse, the caption read “you’re next.”
Though he has since deleted the tweet, a screenshot is still circulating.
If you aren’t familiar with the story, Bryant, 16, called 911 asking for assistance after a group of girls threatened her.
“We need a police officer here now,” a girl is heard telling a 911 operator in one recording, as yelling is heard in the background. “We got these … grown girls over here, trying to fight us.”
The Columbus Division of Police released a body camera video Tuesday showing Bryant holding a knife at the time police fired shots. It is unclear whether the officer in James’ picture – Nicholas Reardon – is the officer who shot Bryant, as the investigation is still underway.
But, thanks to instigator LeBron James, this officer’s life is now in danger.
The threat obviously drew instant and widespread backlash on Twitter.
On behalf of pro athletes, current and former, I apologize for how #LeBronJames just showed his inner Maxine Waters and made a very real, ongoing threat to the life of the officer who quickly acted to prevent a knife attack from becoming worse. Many of us appreciate what LEOs do!
— Lenny Dykstra (@LennyDykstra) April 21, 2021
Remember when Lebron James gate was vandalized with the n-word and he had no security footage of the incident and painted it over before police arrived.
He’s “upped his game” by threatening the life of a police officer.
— Mike Cernovich (@Cernovich) April 21, 2021
LeBron James, like other elites, is using racial division as a distraction as elites reshape America to be more like communist China. Elites prefer communism. Millionaire elites are protected by communism. They're the "Talented Tenth" W.E.B. Du Bois promoted. You're being played.
— Jason Whitlock (@WhitlockJason) April 21, 2021
Lebron James is inciting violence against an Ohio police officer.
This is disgraceful and dangerous.
Is the NBA okay with this? Is Twitter?
— Tom Cotton (@TomCottonAR) April 21, 2021
Suffice it to say we’ve come a long way from Michael Jordan’s “Republicans buy sneakers, too” quip to LeBron James putting a fairly literal target on the back of a police officer who refused to let a teenage girl get stabbed to death.
— Josh Hammer (@josh_hammer) April 21, 2021
I had to look three times to confirm that LeBron James tweet is real.
We’re in dangerous territory, America.
— Steve Krakauer (@SteveKrak) April 21, 2021