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LAPD Union Requests NBA Investigation Into LeBron James’ Tweet

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The Los Angeles Police Department union has sent a letter to NBA commissioner Adam Silver to request a formal investigation into a recent tweet by Lakers star LeBron James.

Detective James McBride, a member of the LA Police Protective Board of Directors, told FOX News the NBA needs to examine if James violated any league policies when he tweeted, ““You’re next #ACCOUNTABILITY,” about a Columbus police officer, along with the officer’s picture.

Body cam footage revealed a 16-year old girl who was holding a knife and lunging at another girl. The officer opened fire after repeatedly warning the suspect to stop, theoretically saving a life in the process.

James later deleted the tweet, explaining it was being used to spread hate. He did not offer an apology. The tweet immediately came under fire from police officers and the general public, and continues to be widely criticized.

“LeBron James sent that tweet out to over 50 million followers, to incite violence is basically what that tweet did,” McBride told Laura Ingraham. “… No officer wants to take a life, but I’ll tell you one thing, that officer saved a life and he’s a hero.”

The NBA has not issued a statement nor responded to OutKick’s multiple requests for comment. As of now, it has yet to respond to the LAPD union’s letter.

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and NBA.com, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side, FortyEightMinutes.com.

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  1. While this tool does good things for some in his circle of influence on balance he spews more hate than the KKK when they were relevant. White supremacy in the USA is as fringe as it gets. The libs do their best to keep it on life support.

  2. Who cares what the NBA thinks. Shouldn’t threatening, or at the very least, endangering, a police officer (or anyone else) be a crime? Conservatives have adapted this strategy of dealing with these assholes by “demanding investigations” and “writing strongly worded letters.”

    DO SOMETHING!

  3. After I retired from my Police Department I accepted a job working with one of my friends who heads up the Security at a major (3rd largest in the Nation) shopping mall. I was tasked with working alongside a former LAPD Officer who’s tactics would make Chauvin look like a “crossing guard”. After a few months of dealing with this asshole I went to my friend and told him I couldn’t condone his approach to the job and resigned. Went the pandemic hit the Security unit was disbanded. LeBron just hired this “thug” as a member of his security detail. Hypocrite? You bet!

  4. Keep pushing on this, Sam Amico. The NBA has had a long history of whacking average or lesser players when they transgress, and dinging big-name stars over relatively small stuff. But that league adheres to a strict policy of not doing anything that would put the image of a star in jeopardy. Jordan was allowed to get away with all his gambling stuff, including associations with sketchy individuals. James is permitted to rant and put out crap on social media that would get many players fined, suspended or both. Twitter would step in too, on the grounds of inciting violence, if Twitter didn’t already condone such violence against law enforcement officers.

    If the NBA gives LeBron a free pass on this horrible judgment of his, we need to know it as an active decision, not by letting the moment fade away. They need to come out and say “We aren’t going to penalize James in any way for doxxing and threatening that officer.”

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