Former President Donald Trump is unhappy with LeBron James’ recent tweet and called it ‘racist.’ According to Trump, the NBA start should “focus on basketball rather than presiding over the destruction of the NBA.”
On Thursday, James, 36, sent out a tweet about the Ohio police officer involved in another police killing. This time, the victim is 16-year-old teenager Ma’Khia Bryant.
“His RACIST rants are divisive, nasty, insulting, and demeaning,” the former president, 74, said in a statement. “He may be a great basketball player, but he is doing nothing to bring our Country together!”
Trump is referring to the tweet that James sent out of a photo of Columbus cop Nicholas Reardon. In his tweet, James wrote: “YOU’RE NEXT.” as a caption.
Because of the backlash, the Los Angeles Lakers star took down the tweet. He explained his decision to delete the tweet because it was “being used to create more hate.”
James also shared that the tweet wasn’t “about one officer” but about the “entire system.” He also shared that “they always use our words to create more racism.” James also said that he was “so damn tired of seeing Black people killed by police.”
In his statement, James called for officials to take more action and that he is “so desperate for more ACCOUNTABILITY.”
Even though he already deleted the inflammatory tweet, James made it clear that his “anger still is here for what happened that lil girl.”
The NBA star was about Bryant, who was shot and killed by Reardon while she lunged at another girl with a knife.
“ANGER does any of us any good and that includes myself! Gathering all the facts and educating does though!” James wrote. “My sympathy for her family and may justice prevail!”
The star’s tweet comes after Reardon was identified as the cop who shot and killed Bryant. The 16-year-old was taken to a local hospital, where she later died.