In recent years, the American sports world has become ever-more political, in a move that seems to have many fans crying foul.
Ratings for most major sports leagues have taken a major hit since athletes began espousing their political beliefs both on and off the clock. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, even the almighty NFL was losing viewership and in-person attendance on account of just how intertwined these two disparate societal constructs were becoming.
In recent weeks, the amalgamation has reached a fever pitch, with NBA superstar LeBron James having kicked the proverbial hornet’s nest with an ill-conceived tweet.
Now, one of the unions representing the LAPD would like the NBA to take a closer look at the situation.
James came under intense fire last Wednesday after he posted a pic of a police officer present at the Ma’Khia Bryant shooting with a caption that read, “YOU’RE NEXT.”
The response has been swift.
During an interview on the Ingraham Angle, Detective James McBride, a member of the Los Angeles Police Protective League Board of Directors, says the NBA should get involved.
“LeBron James sent that tweet out to over fifty million followers to incite violence is basically what that tweet did,” McBride told Ingraham.
“…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 said.
James had quickly deleted the offensive tweet, but screen-captured facsimiles soon flooded the online space.