James has been accused of inciting violence against a Columbus police officer involved in the death of a 16 year old, Ma’Khia Bryant.
Officer Nicholas Reardon was dispatched to an incident which bystander footage captured. Bryant was seen charging at 20-year-old Shai-Onta Lana Craig-Watkins with a kitchen knife and then moving on to 22-year-old Tionna Bonner before Reardon yelled, “Get down!” and fired four consecutive shots into Bryant’s chest. The teenager collapsed to the ground.
James tweeted to his nearly 50 million Twitter followers: “You’re next,” with a sand-timer emoji and the hashtag “accountability” alongside a picture of officer Reardon. He deleted the tweet because it was “being used to create more hate”.
James later tweeted: ”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!”
The owner of Linne’s Pub in Delhi Township vowed not to show any more games until James is forced out of the league.
“If anyone wants to watch an NBA game, don’t come to Linnie’s Pub,” a Facebook post read. “We will not air them until LeBron James has been expelled from the NBA.”
James responded: “Aww Damn! I was headed there to watch our game tonight and have a drink! Welp.”
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