LA County Sheriff Calls Out LeBron James After Officers Ambushed: "Step Up To The Plate"
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In response to the shooting of two police officers who were ambushed as they sat in their police car, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva called out NBA star LeBron James, telling him to "step up to the plate" and use his influence and money to find the man who shot the officers.
“This challenge is to Lebron James. I want you to match that and double that reward,” Villanueva said. “I know you care about law enforcement. You expressed a very interesting statement about your perspective on race relations and on officer-involved shootings and the impact that it has on the African-American community. And I appreciated that. But likewise, we need to appreciate that respect for life goes across professions, across races, creeds, and I’d like to see LeBron James step up to the plate and double that.”
Two private pledges now total $75,000 to find the person who shot the cops. This amount is on top of the already $100,000 pledged by the county of Los Angeles.
“James, who has been vocal about police shootings involving Black people, had not publicly responded to the sheriff’s challenge as of early Tuesday morning,” The Associated Press reported. “Last month, James expressed outrage after an officer shot Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, saying that Black people in America are ‘terrified.'”
James is extremely vocal when a black person who has a criminal history is shot, but is awfully quiet when it comes to police officers who are shot.
After the shooting of Jacob Blake, James tweeted, “James, who has been vocal about police shootings involving Black people, had not publicly responded to the sheriff’s challenge as of early Tuesday morning,” The Associated Press reported. “Last month, James expressed outrage after an officer shot Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, saying that Black people in America are ‘terrified.'”
Conservative activist Candace Owens also called out James for the shooting.
Owens unloaded on James, calling him “pea-brained” for a comment he made in May when he said black people are "hunted" every time they leave their homes.
“Why does this happen?” tweeted Owens. “Because pea-brained celebrities that are idolized like [LeBron James] tell young black men that they are ‘literally being hunted.’ This is the natural result of such hyperbolic, dishonest rhetoric.”
“The racist, anti-police, black lives matter LIE is to blame,” she added.
“Why else does this happen?” Owens later added in another tweet. “Because when pea-brained athletes put the name of an alleged RAPIST on their helmets and jerseys, criminals begin believing they are acting as heroes.”
“BLACK LIVES MATTER AND THE COMPLICIT MEDIA ORGANIZATIONS, ATHLETES, AND ENTERTAINERS ARE TO BLAME,” Owens continued.
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