For years now, LeBron James has been on the cutting edge of where American politics and sports combine, which has made the basketball superstar the enemy of many among us.
And it isn’t that these folks necessarily disagree with James’ actual viewpoints. No, most of the folks who are angry at Lebron James are so because he simply brought social justice into the NBA. Sports are, for many, many Americans a necessary escape from precisely the sort of heavy, sorrowful subjects that James brings to the table.
So there is resentment for King James, which you would think would move the needle on his behavior.
LeBron James took to Twitter on Wednesday to explain that he deleted his “YOU’RE NEXT” tweet because it was being used to “create more hate.”
LeBron James came under intense fire on 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.”
James has since deleted the tweet, but a screenshot remains.
LeBron’s walk-back was a little weak.
Later Wednesday evening, James returned to Twitter to attempt to explain his motivation for deleting the post.
“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,” he wrote.
James was nearly universally ripped for the now-deleted tweet, with some wondering if the superstar’s reach could influence juries and judges in the future.