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Ohio Bar Fends Off Selective Bigotry, Bans NBA Games Until LeBron James ‘Expelled’ From League


A bar in Cincinnati, Ohio is standing up against selective bigotry and will no longer show NBA games until LeBron James is removed from the league. 

The valiant move comes after James tweeted a picture of the police officer present at the Ma’Khia Bryant shooting with the caption “you’re next.”  

Though he has since deleted the provoking tweet, a screenshot is still circulating and people on both sides are not happy. 

“If anyone wants to watch an NBA game, don’t come to Linnie’s Pub,” owner Jay Linneman said in a Facebook post. “We will not air them until LeBron James has been expelled from the NBA.” 

Linneman told the Cincinnati Enquirer that if elected government officials did what agitator James did, there would be calls for their removal from office. 

“They just need to play the game and that’s it,” he added. “Their opinion doesn’t really matter. They’re using their position to push their opinions, and that’s just not right.” 

Upon hearing the news, James mocked the bar in a tweet. 

“Aww Damn! I was headed there to watch our game tonight and have a drink! Welp.” 

While he was sarcastic about visiting the establishment, the owner was dead serious about banning the NBA: a true hero. 

To no surprise, James’ original tweet received heaps of backlash as people accused him of inciting violence. 

In response, he later posted two tweets but of course, didn’t apologize. 

“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!” 

“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.”