FORMER President Donald Trump name-checked hoop superstar LeBron James for posting a tweet taking aim at the Ohio cop who fatally shot 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant on Tuesday.
“LeBron James should focus on basketball rather than presiding over the destruction of the NBA,” Trump wrote in a statement, before mocking the league for its “lowest television RATINGS” in its history.
Former President Donald Trump criticized NBA superstar Lebron James for being “racist” when the athlete weighed in on the police-involved shooting death of Ma’Khia Bryant
“His RACIST rants are divisive, nasty, insulting, and demeaning,” the statement said. “He may be a great basketball player, but he is doing nothing to bring our Country together!”
The searing rebuke from the 45th president comes after the hoops phenom James tweeted a photo of Columbus Police Officer Nicholas Reardon who allegedly shot the deadly bullets that felled Bryant under the all-capped caption: “YOU’RE NEXT” and a hashtag that read: “#ACCOUNTABILITY”
The moment before Columbus Police Officer Nicholas Reardon fired gunshots that killed Ma’Khia Bryant, 16, who was witnessed allegedly wielding a knife in a skirmishCredit: City of Columbus
Tweet that Lebron James posted and deleted that depicted the Columbus Police Officer who shot and killed 16-year-old Ma’Khia BryantCredit: Twitter
LeBron James has come under fire by Former President Trump who called his since-deleted a “racist rant”Credit: Getty Images – Getty
News of Bryant’s death came soon after former Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin was found guilty on charges of murder and manslaughter of George Floyd last year.
The Lakers MVP ended up taking down the tweet claiming it was “being used to create more hate.”
After fielding a barrage of frustration by his fans for deleting the original tweet, on Wednesday night James attempted to elucidate the source of his discontent.
He wrote: “I’m so d*mn 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.”
In a subsequent tweet, he wrote: “ANGER does any of us any good and that includes myself!”