NBA All-Star LeBron James has been accused by a U.S senator of “inciting violence” against a police officer following a post made by the basketball player about the police office with a caption, “You’re next“.
LeBron has since deleted the post as he claims he believes his post is being taken out of context. The post contained an image of the police officer who shot 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant four times leading to her death.
The incident happened during a violent incident on Tuesday outside of a home in Columbus, Ohio.
Bodycam footage released by the Ohio State police department shows Bryant having a brawl with two other people. Then at some point in the footage, she appeared to be attempting to lunge with a knife at one of the other girls and that was when she was shot and killed by one of the officers at the scene.
The officer claims “She had a knife. She just went at her,” when confronted about why he opened fire on the 16-year-old girl.
LeBron made a post about the office later on with the caption, “YOU’RE NEXT #ACCOUNTABILITY” as he felt the situation could have been handled differently without resorting to violence.
The post, however, has received huge backlash especially online.
The largest police union in the United States condemned the message from the Lakers star calling it “disgraceful and extremely reckless”.
Also, Senator Tom Cotton from Arkansas also took on the reins to claim LeBron James is inciting violence against an Ohio police officer calling his actions “disgraceful and dangerous”.
The officer in question would be investigated according to claims made by officials. James’ hometown of Akron, Ohio, is just 125 miles northeast of the state capital, Columbus.