Basketball player LeBron James deleted his tweet calling for “accountability” for a police officer who saved a number of young black people from a stabbing spree yesterday following widespread backlash, but the posts from other Twitter users mocking his reaction are still readily available.
LeBron posted a picture of the officer’s face with the all-caps message “YOU’RE NEXT #ACCOUNTABILITY,” but later deleted it.
“I took the tweet down because its being used to create more hate,” said James in a follow-up tweet. “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.”
The mea culpa didn’t protect him from suffering viral mockery on the platform.
Other users reminded Lebron of his decision to take China’s side after an NBA official criticized the ruling communist regime’s crackdown against Hong Kong in 2019.
The Arizona Republican Party took a more serious line of criticism, accusing the NBA player of inciting violence and threatening an officer of the law.
“He’s worth in excess of $500 MILLION courtesy of our economic system, our so-called “racist” society, and some talent playing a GAME. Yet LeBron James, is free to THREATEN an officer of the law,” said the Arizona GOP. “He should be arrested, not excused.”
Despite video evidence showing the policeman was forced to make a split-second decision to use his firearm, acting in the nick of time to save a young woman from being stabbed with a knife, James continued to defend Ma’Khia Bryant, the allegedly knife-wielding assailant shot by the officer.
“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!”