LeBron James Tweeted “You’re Next” with Photo Of the Police Officer From Ma’Khia Bryant Shooting
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Officers in Columbus, Ohio, arrived at a scene last week where, according to police, a 16-year-old Ma'Khia Bryant was shot and killed by an officer as she attempted to stab another person with a very large knife. That officer's body camera video of Bryant's shooting shows her armed with a large blade as she lunges at another girl. By all appearances, the cop who pulled the trigger saved the life of a potential victim.
The fatal police shooting of Ma'Khia Bryant, a black teenager, was seen on video. She was charging two people with a knife, and it came within minutes of the verdict in the George Floyd killing. It caused outrage by some over the continued use of lethal force by police officers.
LeBron James, basketball LeBron James, tweeted a photo of a police officer who was present when Ma'Khia Bryant was shot with the caption, "Your next." LeBron has 50 million Twitter followers. He later took down the tweet, but he then went on to shift the blame for his irresponsible message.
Lamenting how the tweet was being misused, he quoted, "I took the tweet down because it's 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," he wrote. Clearly, throwing a basketball into a small hoop may qualify him as if we care what he thinks about social justice, but the truth is he's worth half a billion dollars.
He ought to stay on the court and stay out of commentary on social justice, the political system, and certainly on policing. Otherwise, he just sounds dumb.