LeBron James Faces Backlash For Twitter Warning To Ohio Officer Who Shot Black Teen

The NBA great later deleted his post about the shooting of 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant, explaining he's “so damn tired of seeing Black people killed by police."

LeBron James drew backlash on Wednesday over a tweet he later deleted about the police shooting of 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant in Columbus, Ohio.

The Los Angeles Lakers star posted a photograph of Nicholas Reardon, the white Ohio police officer identified as having fatally shot the Black teen while responding to reports of an attempted stabbing.

“YOU’RE NEXT,” James wrote, alongside an emoji of an hourglass.

He captioned the tweet with the hashtag, #ACCOUNTABILITY ― echoing his single-word tweet responding to Tuesday’s conviction of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd.

Police say Bryant appeared to threaten two other girls with a knife before being shot. Body camera footage appears to show Bryant lunging at one person and swiping at another. That characterization of events has been called into question by the teen’s family.

James later deleted his tweet, offering this explanation: