Sports | May 1, 2021 4:43 pm

Deleted LeBron James Tweet Prompts Ire From LAPD Union

James posted, then deleted, the tweet in April

LeBron James
LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers warms up prior to a game against the Atlanta Hawks at Staples Center on March 20, 2021.
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Besides being one of the world’s most popular athletes, LeBron James is also known for his candor on social media. A now-deleted tweet that James posted last week after a police officer shot and killed teenager Ma’Khia Bryant in Columbus, Ohio. James’s initial post featured a photograph of the officer who killed Bryant, along with the hashtag #ACCOUNTABILITY. James later took down the tweet, stating that it was “being used to create more hate.”

If James’s use of the word “accountability” seems familiar, it’s because he also tweeted it following the guilty verdicts in Derek Chauvin’s trial for murder.

Now, a board member of the Los Angeles Police Protective League has criticized James, with the organization itself calling on the NBA to begin an investigation of the tweet. (For those who may be curious, the Los Angeles Police Protective League is the union that represents LAPD officers up to the rank of lieutenant.) CBS8 reports that Detective Jamie McBride, a board member of the union, argued in a Fox News interview that James had posted the Tweet “to incite violence” against police.

The union also asked the NBA’s Adam Silver to look into whether or not the tweet violated any of the league’s social media policies, according to the CBS8 report.