A bar in Cincinnati, Ohio, will no longer show NBA games until LeBron James is “expelled” from the league after he tweeted a photograph targeting a police officer who saved a black girl from being stabbed last week, captioning it, “YOU’RE NEXT.”
“If anyone wants to watch an NBA game, don’t come to Linnie’s Pub,” Linne’s Pub owner Jay Linneman said in a Facebook post. “We will not air them until Lebron James has been expelled from the NBA.”
James, a left-wing Democrat activist, tweeted out a photograph of the police officer — who allegedly shot and killed a girl who was trying to stab another girl — writing, “YOU’RE NEXT. #ACCOUNTABILITY.” James included an emoji of an hour glass, which is used to signify that time is running out.
Linneman told The Cincinnati Enquirer that if high ranking elected government officials did what James did, there would be calls for their removal from office.
“They just need to play the game and that’s it,” he added. “Their opinion doesn’t really matter. They’re using their position to push their opinions, and that’s just not right.”
James responded to news that the bar banned NBA games by appearing to mock the bar, writing on Twitter: “Aww Damn! I was headed there to watch our game tonight and have a drink! Welp.”
Aww Damn! I was headed there to watch our game tonight and have a drink! Welp. 🥴 https://t.co/RRfRksjckM
— LeBron James (@KingJames) April 24, 2021
A few days after the incident happened, The Daily Wire reported:
Video has emerged in the shooting of Ma’Khia Bryant, 16, who was shot and killed while she was attempting to stab another girl, showing her screaming, “I’m going to stab the f*** out of you, b****,” as she lunged toward the girl before she was shot.
Backlash to James’ initial tweet was so severe that he deleted it less than two hours after posting it. James later posted two tweets in response to the situation and did not apologize for what many said was putting a target on the back of the police officer.
“ANGER does [sic] any of us any good and that includes myself!” James said. “Gathering all the facts and educating does though! My anger still is here for what happened that lil girl. My sympathy for her family and may justice prevail!”
“I’m so damn tired of seeing Black people killed by police,” James continued. “I took the tweet down because its being used to create more hate -This isn’t about one officer. It’s about the entire system and they always use our words to create more racism. I am so desperate for more ACCOUNTABILITY.”
“LeBron James should focus on basketball rather than presiding over the destruction of the NBA, which has just recorded the lowest television RATINGS, by far, in the long and distinguished history of the League,” former President Donald Trump said in a statement. “His RACIST rants are divisive, nasty, insulting, and demeaning. He may be a great basketball player, but he is doing nothing to bring our Country together!”