Earlier this week, NBA superstar LeBron James deleted an extremely controversial tweet he posted in reaction to the police shooting of 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant.
LeBron’s tweet featured a picture of Columbus police officer Nicholas Reardon who shot Bryant for holding a knife during a physical confrontation with another teen. The tweet read “YOU’RE NEXT #ACCOUNTABILITY” and included an hourglass emoji before he decided to take it down because he felt it was used to “create more hate.”
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
LeBron is now facing backlash from the Internet has several high-profile conservative personalities are calling for sponsors to drop the NBA superstar and people to boycott the upcoming Space Jam 2 movie because they feel he put the officer’s life in danger for just doing his job.
Boycott Space Jam
Lebron threatens police
— Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) April 21, 2021
Time to Boycott LeBron "King" James, Space Jam 2, and Warner Brothers. You don't threaten police officers especially when they just saved someone from being stabbed. pic.twitter.com/bvUwKTfQy7
— RIRepublicans.us (@RIRepublicans) 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
Fox News apparently reached out to LeBron’s biggest sponsors.
LeBron James' sponsors, Lakers, NBA silent in wake of controversial tweet targeting Ohio cophttps://t.co/nYNMnhuxdI
— Fox News (@FoxNews) April 22, 2021
Fox News also made attempts to reach out for comment regarding the anti-cop tweet to some of James’ sponsors, including Nike, Pepsi, General Motors, Beats Electronics and Walmart, but none have answered as of Thursday morning.