LeBron James regrets tweeting on the day Ma’Khia Bryant, 16, was shot and killed by a White police officer in Columbus, Ohio, because he feels his comments were purposefully misinterpreted by his critics and did not promote the dialogue he desired.
The Los Angeles Lakers superstar took to Twitter to clarify to his 50 million fans that his initial words and what happened afterward were two completely different things.
On April 20, 2021, James received a lot of criticism from influential people, including Donald Trump, who said the NBA star was threatening the officer’s life when he tweeted his photo and wrote in all caps, “YOU’RE NEXT #ACCOUNTABILITY.”
King James, 36, thanked Vox writer Fabiola Cineas for a piece titled “Why Ma’Khia Bryant’s Name Isn’t Being Said.” Bryant was wielding a knife and was poised to stab her supposed victim right before the Columbus cop opened fire, according to the scribe. There is no public uproar for Bryant.
In her post, Cineas also stated that some “crisis management experts” believed that police Officer Nicholas Reardon should have used other tactics to de-escalate the situation and save Bryant’s life.
Nonetheless, James maintains his original intent, tweeting the following as a follow-up to his mea culpa:
James and many others took it hard that the Black teen met her fate on the same day that former Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin was found guilty of murdering George Floyd in a Minneapolis courtroom.