Update: LeBron Says He Fueled “Wrong Conversation” About Ma’Khia Bryant

Update 05/05/2021 9:09am:

LeBron James took to Twitter to address his controversial tweet to the Columbus officer who fatally shot 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant last month.

After tweeting and deleting a photo of Reardon along with the caption “You’re Next,” LeBron wrote on Monday (May 3), “I fueled the wrong conversation about Ma’Khia Bryant and I owe it to her and this movement to change it. Thank you @fabiolacineas for educating us about Ma’Khia and her story and why this needs to be about her.”

LeBron also linked to an article written by Fabiola Cineas for Vox, titled, “Why they’re not saying Ma’Khia Bryant’s name.” Cineas wrote about “viewers of various races and political affiliations” deciding that Bryant was the knife-wielding “aggressor.” She added that “The cries for justice that applied to George Floyd did not ring out as loudly for Bryant.”

Original 04/21/2021 5:45pm:

LeBron James, like many others, had his celebration over the Derek Chauvin verdict cut short after the death of 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant.

Bryant was killed by police after calling 911 to ask for help with a group of other girls who had threatened violence. Video from the scene shows that Bryant was holding a knife when she was fatally shot.

On Wednesday, police identified officer Nicholas Reardon as the cop who fired the four shots at Bryant. After the cop’s name and identity were revealed, a number of social media posts criticized the officer including one from LeBron James.

In his post, LeBron James tweeted a photo of Reardon at the crime scene and wrote, “YOU’RE NEXT #ACCOUNTABILITY.”

While some interpreted LeBron’s tweet to mean that the officer was going to face the same legal fate as Chauvin, others accused the NBA superstar of inciting violence against police officers.

After causing polarizing reactions, LeBron deleted his tweet and has not offered further comment on Ma’Khia Bryant’s death.

Took a look above to view LeBron’s deleted tweet.


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