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In response to controversial NBA star LeBron James coming for one of theirs, one police union is now coming for him.
On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Police Protective League, a union which represents officers with the Los Angeles Police Department, sent a letter to NBA commissioner Adam Silver calling for the league to investigate James for having threatened an Ohio police officer.
“We formally ask that you conduct an investigation into Mr. James’ social media post to determine if he violated any policies of the National Basketball Association, and if so, to hold Mr. James accountable for any violations of those policies,” the union wrote, according to Nashville station WZTV.
Speaking later Tuesday evening on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle,” local Det. Jamie McBride, a member of the union’s board of directors, outright accused James of having incited violence against an Ohio police officer.
After the fatal police shooting late last month of Ma’Khia Bryant, a 16-year-old black Ohio girl who’d been about to stab another young black girl with a knife when the officer had opened fire, James tweeted a screenshot of the officer and captioned it with the words “you’re next.”
While he eventually deleted the tweet because of backlash, it doesn’t mean anything because his “incitement” has already reached the masses, according to McBride.
“I’m sorry, but it’s already out here, and it’s been screenshotted and shared time and time again. Officers go out there and make a split-second decision, and if they get it wrong, they lose their life. Lebron James, what decisions does he have to make on a daily basis — to do a layup or slam dunk? And if he loses, he goes home. If we lose, we don’t go home,” he told Fox News host Laura Ingraham.
“The reality is that people like LeBron James, who’s a hypocrite and a race-baiter, to be quite honest with you, he’s inciting violence toward police officers. And we see what’s going on. A record number of officers are leaving. Some are retiring early, and some are just leaving the profession altogether,” he added.
What makes it even worse, McBride added, is the hypocrisy.
“One of the biggest hypocrites out there is LeBron James. LeBron James has talked time and time again about police officers and how they’re all bad, they’re all killers. However, they’re also doing protection at his house. Off-duty officers provide security for him and his family. So you have killers at his house providing security for him,” he noted.
This is true. Following a burglary at his lavish California mansion back in 2018, the multimillionaire NBA star hired “at least 10 armed security personnel,” some of them reportedly off-duty police officers, as reported at the time by TMZ.
He’s also known to take advantage of police escorts:
King James , this you? Puthy boy pic.twitter.com/wlPuNAKHcy
— A (@LittleMsOpinion) April 22, 2021
But James never speaks publicly about his private security for a reason, according to McBride.
“Celebrities all throughout Los Angeles…and LeBron James hire off-duty police officers who do security at their houses for him, but they won’t mention them in anything because obviously, they’re going to look bad to their followers. They’re trying to create this image of being a crusader and what they are is inciting violence,” he said.
“LeBron James sent that tweet out to over fifty million followers to incite violence, is basically what that tweet did,” he added.
McBride and his peers at the Los Angeles Police Protective League are among a growing group of cops nationwide who’ve had enough of James’ rhetoric.
Another officer, Deon Joseph, who’s also with the Los Angeles Police Department, posted an open letter to James on Facebook warning him that his rhetoric was placing officers’ lives at risk.
“You basically put a target on the back of a human being who had to make a split second decision to save a life from a deadly attack. A decision I know he and many others wish they never had to make. Especially when it involves someone so young,” Joseph wrote.
“Instead of apologizing, you deflected. You said you took your tweet down because you did not want it to be used for hate, when the tweet itself was the embodiment of hatred, rooted in a lack of understanding of the danger of the situation,” he added.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) April 27, 2021
Bryant’s shooting initially provoked outrage, particularly from liberal Democrats like James. The outrage eventually died down once it became exceedingly clear that, had the shooting officer not opened fire, the girl Bryant had been trying to stab would have likely been killed. Yet as of Saturday, James had not yet acknowledged this reality.
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