LeBron James is facing backlash over a controversial tweet he made about Nicholas Reardon, the police officer who fatally shot 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant in front of her foster home in Columbus, Ohio earlier this month. The now-deleted tweet included a photo of Reardon along with the caption “YOU’RE NEXT #ACCOUNTABILITY” along with an hourglass emoji. While he took the tweet down not long after posting, many haven’t forgotten his words and believe he should lose his sponsorships because of them.
LeBron posted a photo of the policeman who killed Ma’Khia Bryant saying “you’re next (to be held accountable)”, then deleted the tweet because “(the tweet) is being used to create more hate”. pic.twitter.com/FnYb493wy1
— Legion Hoops (@LegionHoops) April 22, 2021
- James took down the tweet as it was “being used to create more hate.” While his intentions were clear – that police officers should be held responsible for uses of unnecessary force – many twisted his words and used them to imply a hateful agenda that simply wasn’t there. “I’m so damn tired of seeing Black people killed by police. 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. I am desperate for more ACCOUNTABILITY,” the athlete wrote in a follow-up post.
- Conservatives want sponsors to drop James altogether. Conservative commenters and figures want to dismantle LeBron James’ career piece by piece and have publicly called on sponsors to drop him while instructing movie fans to boycott Space Jam 2, which is coming out later this year. “If America was a country that believed in justice, Lebron James would be stripped of all of his sponsorships,” author Candace Owens wrote. Filmmaker Jack Posobiec added: “Boycott Space Jam. Lebron threatens police.” The likes of Kevin Sorbo and Jont Trubeck also chimed in with their own comments.
- They believe he shouldn’t even be able to play basketball. Given the amount of pure garbage that comes out of the mouths of conservatives on a daily basis, the fact that they want to destroy LeBron James for calling for accountability is laughable at best and proof of their complete cluelessness and hatred for people of color at worst. Whatever happened to that “free speech” lark they’re all so keen on defending when it’s one of them that wants to actually say something horrific?
- One bar in Ohio won’t even broadcast any of his games. According to Outkick, a bar in Ohio called Linnie’s Pub has refused to show any NBA game featuring LeBron James forevermore. “If anyone wants to watch an NBA game, don’t come to Linnie’s Pub. We will not air them until LeBron James has been expelled from the NBA,” they wrote on Facebook. Thankfully, LeBron has a great sense of humor and responded: “Aww Damn! I was headed there to watch our game tonight and have a drink! Welp.”
How does LeBron James still have sponsors?
— Kevin Sorbo (@ksorbs) April 24, 2021
People are now demanding that LeBron James be suspended permanently from the NBA. I agree. Anyone else?
— Jont Trubek (@JontTrubek) April 24, 2021
Boycott Space Jam
Lebron threatens police
— Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) April 21, 2021
If America was a country that believed in justice, Lebron James would be stripped of all of his sponsorships. https://t.co/LNyygUnFvu
— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) April 22, 2021
King James’ hate for America runs so deep. We should boycott Space Jam 2.
— Harold Eustache, Jr. (@haroldeustache) April 22, 2021