WATCH: LeBron James Appears To Fake Getting Hit On Head To Draw Shooting Penalty From Refs
BOSTON - JANUARY 30: Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James has a laugh in pregame warmups. The Boston Celtics host the Los Angeles Lakers in a regular season NBA game at TD Garden in Boston on Jan. 30, 2021.
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NBA star LeBron James appeared to fake getting hit in the head during a matchup on Sunday versus the Toronto Raptors, which drew a shooting foul from the referees.

“Late in the second quarter, James received a pass from Anthony Davis and spun around to go up for a quick layup. Just as he was about to take off, Stanley Johnson appeared to knick him on the head leading to a foul call,” Sports Illustrated reported. “If you look closely, however, that’s not exactly what happened.”

“Johnson barely made contact — if at all — with James’ head and James immediately grabbed the left side of his head despite the so-called contact occurring on the right side,” the report added.

The incident comes after James was widely condemned at the end of April for targeting a police officer who saved a black girl from being stabbed in Ohio.

James, a left-wing Democrat activist, tweeted out a photograph of the police officer who the saved the girl, writing, “YOU’RE NEXT. #ACCOUNTABILITY.” James included an emoji of an hour glass, which is used to signify that time is running out. James deleted the tweet shortly after posting it due to the widespread backlash that it sparked.

James later responded to the controversy that he created by attempting to explain himself while not apologizing.

“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.”

Sports commentator Clay Travis slammed James, calling him “the biggest fraud on the planet.” Former NFL star Marcellus Wiley also took a shot at James, saying that James’ demonization of “the entire system” was nonsense because that same system “allowed [him] to become a billionaire and never get arrested.”

Deon Joseph, a well-known Los Angeles Police Department officer, also called out James, writing in a letter:

Dear Lebron:

I am not going to come at you from a place of hatred. There will be no name calling. I was raised to see the whole of a human being. Not to hyper focus on their flaws or make said flaws the whole of who they are. I’m an honest man.

What you do for children, and other acts of charity shows a huge heart. You show to be a family man, and that’s to be respected. You play for the team my family has cheered for since the 1960s, then myself since 1979. But… Your current stance on policing is so off base and extreme. Your tweet that targeted a police officer in Ohio who saved a young woman’s life was irresponsible and disturbing. It showed a complete lack of understanding of the challenge of our job in the heat of a moment. You basically put a target on the back of a human being who had to make a split second decision to save a life from a deadly attack.

A decision I know he and many others wish they never had to make. Especially when it involves someone so young.

Instead of apologizing, you deflected. You said you took your tweet down because you did not want it to be used for hate, when the tweet itself was the embodiment of hatred, rooted in a lack of understanding of the danger of the situation.

I don’t know if this will ever reach you, but my hope is that one day I can sit down with you and talk. As a man of faith, I can have no hatred toward you. But I do feel I can help you understand the reality of the profession of policing, and that there is another side you need to hear. You are tired of Black folks dying? So am I. You hate racism and police brutality? So do I. But you cannot paint 800,000 men and women who are of all races, faiths, sexual orientations and are also mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, preachers, coaches, community members and just human with such a broad and destructive brush.

Unlike some who have dug their heals in the belief that police are inherently evil, I think if you yourself actually sat down and had a real honest and open conversation with a cop, there is a strong chance you may discover we are not the monsters you have come to believe we are, who deserve the hate and distain you have.

And even if you come away feeling the same way, I could respect it, because at least you gave the other side your ear instead of only hearing one narrative.

The offer is on the table Lebron. No cameras. No fanfare. Just two men who care talking. I know it’s a long shot. But this division and hatred must stop. It’s clear based on rising crime in marginalized communities that cops and the community need to build bridges to save lives on all sides. That cannot be done through the demonization of any group of people.

Just putting it out in the universe brother. Even if not me, please take the time to talk to a police officer instead of judging them. No shade. Thanks for all the positive things you do.

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