LeBron James is quickly proving to be one of the most arrogant and privileged members of the sport’s world.
Over the weekend, the half billionaire, who claims to be a victim of racism, lashed out at a small business in Ohio who announced they would not be airing his basketball games after he incited violence against police officers.
The restaurant, Linnie’s Pub located in Cincinnati, posted a Facebook message that read, “If anyone wants to watch an NBA game, don’t come to Linnie’s Pub. We will not air them until LeBron James has been expelled from the NBA.”
James later responded to the announcement on Twitter: “Aww Damn! I was headed there to watch our game tonight and have a drink! Welp.”
Aww Damn! I was headed there to watch our game tonight and have a drink! Welp. 🥴 https://t.co/RRfRksjckM
— LeBron James (@KingJames) April 24, 2021
The owner Jay Linneman, opened up about his decision to The Cincinnati Enquirer, stating that professional athletes need to keep their political opinions away from the sport’s world.
“They just need to play the game and that’s it,” he said. “Their opinion doesn’t really matter. They’re using their position to push their opinions, and that’s just not right.”
James started a firestorm on social media last week when he incited violence and targeted the Ohio police officer who saved a girl from a knife-wielding 16-year-old black girl.
Ma’Khia Bryant, the girl who was fatally shot, was about to stab another girl against a parked car in the driveway when the heroic officer stepped in and shot Bryant.
James, “with his vast resources & influence, should educate himself and, frankly, has a responsibility to do so, on the facts before weighing in. This is disgraceful & extremely reckless,” the NFOP said on Twitter. “The officer saved a young girl’s life. No amount of gaslighting will change that fact.”
“ANGER does (sic) any of us any good and that includes myself!” James said in an incoherent tweet after he deleted his original tweet. “Gathering all the facts and educating does though! My anger still is here for what happened that lil girl. My sympathy for her family and may justice prevail!”
“I’m so damn tired of seeing Black people killed by police,” he continued. “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.”
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