Jamie McBride, a member of the Los Angeles Police Protective League Board of Directors, sent a letter to the NBA on behalf of the union requesting that Lebron James be investigated for a tweet he put out and later deleted. The letter asked that the investigation deduce whether or not James violated any NBA policies with his tweet.
The deleted tweet can be seen below. LeBron tweeted a picture of the officer who, unfortunately, shot Ma’Khia Bryant with the words “YOU’RE NEXT (hourglass emoji) #ACCOUNTABLITY”. James quickly deleted the tweet, but not before many noticed it as LeBron has close to 50 million followers on Twitter.
James then tweeted out, in an attempt to justify his deleted tweet, “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”
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— LeBron James (@KingJames) April 21, 2021
Detective McBride went on Laura Ingraham’s Ingraham Angle Tuesday to discuss LeBron’s hypocrisy. McBride addressed Lebron’s tweet, “No officer wants to take a life, but I’ll tell you one thing, that officer saved a life and he’s a hero”.
McBride then addressed LeBron’s hypocrisy, “One of the biggest hypocrites out there is LeBron James. LeBron James has talked time and time again about police officers and how bad, they’re all killers. However, they’re also doing protection at his house. Off-duty officers provide security for him and his family. So you have killers at his house providing security for him.”
McBride went further in saying, “Celebrities all throughout Los Angeles…and LeBron James hire off-duty police officers who do security at their houses for him, but they won’t mention them in anything because obviously, they’re going to look bad to their followers. They’re trying to create this image of being a crusader and what they are is inciting violence.”
McBride also pointed out, “LeBron James sent that tweet out to over fifty million followers to incite violence is basically what that tweet did.”
The NBA has remained quiet over LeBron’s tweet and it remains to be seen if they will now do anything in light of one of the largest police unions calling on them to take action.
However, officer Nate Silvester, who make a video addressing LeBron’s tweet was suspended over the video. A GoFundMe was started for him and has raised close to 200k, as it was reported he was suspended without pay. It seems the police department was quicker than the NBA in addressing the potential controversy. The video can be seen below.
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