LOS ANGELES cop Deon Joseph said that NBA star LeBron James didn’t respond to his invitation to meet and discuss challenges that on duty officers face.
“It would be disappointing [if James doesn’t respond to the invitation] but if it inspires people to start talking again, then that’s good with me,” he told Fox News Host Sean Hannity on Tuesday.
Joseph said that there were four times in his 25-year career where he almost had to use deadly force on someoneCredit: Fox
Joseph said that if he doesn’t hear back from LeBron he is “not going to lose any love for him [because] the work he does for children and charities is incredible.”
The LAPD officer spoke about the challenges he faced while on duty.
He said that there were four times in his 25-year career where he almost had to use deadly force on someone.
“I didn’t sleep for two days and one of those instances, I was this close to shooting a young man to save other people,” said Joseph.
The LAPD officer criticized James for his anti-cop stanceCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Joseph recently slammed James for “putting a target on the back” of the officer who shot dead 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant.
“That officer could’ve been me,” Joseph told Fox News.
In a lengthy Facebook post uploaded on Sunday, Joseph criticized James’ anti-cop stance as being “so off base and extreme”.
While praising the 36-year-old Lakers player’s “huge heart” for his work with children and “other acts of charity”, the disgruntled cop condemned his lack of understanding of law enforcement as “irresponsible and disturbing.”
Ohio officer Nicholas Reardon faced backlash for using his firearm against Ma’Khia BryantCredit: Twitter
“You basically put a target on the back of a human being who had to make a split second decision to save a life from a deadly attack.
“A decision I know he and many others wish they never had to make. Especially when it involves someone so young,” Joseph continued.
“Instead of apologizing, you deflected. You said you took your tweet down because you did not want it to be used for hate, when the tweet itself was the embodiment of hatred, rooted in a lack of understanding of the danger of the situation.”
Amid a wave of outrage, James took to Twitter to vent his anger and shared the since-deleted tweet with his 49.6 million followers.