LeBron James Deletes Tweet Threatening Columbus Police Officer Following Backlash

Earlier today, we reported that NBA superstar LeBron James, who has been outspoken on social justice in recent years, tweeted out a picture of a Columbus police officer suspected of being the shooter of a 16-year-old girl who was attempting to stab another girl.

In the tweet, James threatened, “You’re next.” He also shared an hourglass emoji and said “#ACCOUNTIBILITY.”

Not long after our report, James deleted the tweet, as many of the responses were critical and other outlets reported on it as well.

Rapper and aspiring lawyer Patriot J was one Twitter user who preserved the tweet and he asked, “Why did LeBron delete this tweet?”

In the article that we wrote, we shared some of the responses to James’ tweet, which shows that the tweet was “deleted by the author.”

James has issued a pair of tweets, explaining why he took the tweet down and attempting to excuse his decision to post it.

In the first tweet, James said, “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!”

“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,” James added in the second tweet.