LeBron James sent out a tweet referring to the killing of 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant by the Columbus Police Department, which stirred some controversy.
Bryant, a 16-year-old black teen, was shot and killed by officer Nicholas Reardon Tuesday afternoon in Columbus, Ohio, when officers responded to a 911 call about an attempted stabbing.
James’ initial tweet said: “You’re next. #accountability.” It also included a photo of officer Reardon.
Minutes later, James deleted the tweet and then said in a second tweet that the message was “being used to create more hate.”
The shooting occurred around 20 minutes before a judge read the verdict convicting former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin of murder and manslaughter in the killing of George Floyd.
“I’m so damn tired of seeing Black people killed by police. I took the tweet down because it’s being ‘used to create more hate’,” James wrote in another tweet.
Bryant’s death is the second high-profile murder of a teenager by police in recent months.
“But when you have people like LeBron James posting pictures of this police officer before this has been adjudicated and litigated, you’re also putting that police officer’s life in danger. And I would like killing to stop in this country and violence to stop,” said Meghan McCain, a co-host of The View.
James returned to Twitter to explain the “ANGER” he felt about the killing.