By Slumsmag Staff: Greg Lewis
Lebron James is in deep water after a post he made following a shooting in Columbus, Ohio where 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant was shot and killed by a police officer.
According to TMZ, a U.S. Senator is accusing LeBron James of “inciting violence” against a police officer after the NBA superstar shared a photo of the cop with the caption “you’re next.”
The body cam footage shows Bryant in a physical altercation with two other people … and it appears that the teen was was trying to assault one of the other fighters with a knife.
In that moment the officer pulled his gun and fired four shots at Ma’Khia — killing her.
When questioned at the scene about why he opened fire, the officer responded, “She had a knife. She just went at her.”
LeBron James felt the officer used excessive force, and feels that the incident could have been resolved without fatal gunfire.
LeBron posted a photo of the officer with the caption, “YOU’RE NEXT #ACCOUNTABILITY” … insinuating that he should be prosecuted just like Derek Chauvin.
That post backfired quickly on twitter creating an social uproar between basketball star LeBron James and with the largest police union in the country condemning the Lakers star’s message as “disgraceful and extremely reckless.”
The National Fraternal Order of Police tweeted that LeBron “should educate himself and, frankly, has a responsibility to do so, on the facts before weighing in.”
“The officer saved a young girl’s life. No amount of gaslighting will change that fact.”.
Senator Tom Cotton from Arkansas who said, “LeBron James is inciting violence against an Ohio police officer. This is disgraceful and dangerous.”
Ex-MLB star Lenny Dykstra chimed in on the conversation , saying, “Hey, @nba, have you disciplined #LeBronJames for making a real and ongoing threat to the life of the brave officer in Columbus who prevented a knife attack from being even worse?”
As for the officer in question, officials have said the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation will launch a full investigation into the incident.