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Whitlock: LeBron James Is A Bigot

Time for BLM 101, Volume 4. BLM 101 is dedicated to educating professional athletes about the negative consequences of the Black Lives Matter movement. BLM 101 makes every effort to avoid snark and ridicule. Today that will be difficult. 

OK, let’s head to the NBA Bubble at Disney World and check in with the NBA Police Review Board headed by internal affairs officer LeBron James. From his Florida hotel, Officer James is leading the investigation into the Kenosha, Wisconsin police-involved shooting of Jacob Blake. 

Monday morning, less than 24 hours after Kenosha police shot Blake seven times, James filed his initial report on the incident, tweeting:

“And y’all wonder why we say what we say about the police! Someone please tell me WTF is this?! Exactly another black man being targeted. This shit is so wrong and so sad! Feel so sorry for him, his family and our people! We want justice.”

Monday night, after acquiring additional information while moonlighting as a small forward in a playoff game against the Portland Trail Blazers, Officer James held a press conference to discuss the shooting.

“I know people get tired of hearing me say it, but we are scared as black people in America,” James said. “Black men, black women, black kids, we are terrified.”

James later accused the police of lying. 

“If you’re sitting here and telling me that there was no way to ‘saydue’ (subdue) that gentleman or detain him or just before firing guns, then you’re sitting here lying to not only me, but you’re lying to every African American, every black person in the community,” James said. 

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I’m black. I’m not scared. I’m not terrified. Neither is LeBron James. He’s lying. He and the political activists controlling him want black people to immerse themselves in fear. Fear is a tool used to control people. If you comply with police instructions, there is virtually no chance of an American citizen being harmed by police. 

“If you watch the video, there were multiple moments where if they wanted to, they could’ve tackled (Blake),” Officer James said. “They could’ve grabbed him. You know? They could’ve done that. And why, why does it always have to get to a point where we see guns firing?”

It’s very difficult to investigate police shootings and play NBA playoff games. Officer James is clearly unaware of a second video that shows police on the opposite side of Blake’s car wrestling with Blake on the ground. Blake escapes the police, gets to his feet and walks to the driver’s side of his vehicle. 

I’m sure someone on the NBA Police Review Board will show James the second video at some point Tuesday. 

“Quite frankly, it’s disgusting to have multiple cops around and not even thinking about (using) a Taser,” said Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma, one of James’ top police investigators. “And forget about the Taser, just simple combat and taking a man down instead of trying to shoot him.”

Again, the Lakers investigative team is clearly unaware of the second video and reports that police initially tried using a Taser on Blake. 

James then speculated on the mindset of the police officer(s) who shot Blake. 

“You have no idea how that cop that day left the house,” James said. “You don’t know if he woke up on the wrong side of the bed. You don’t know if he had an argument at home with his significant other. You don’t know if one of his kids said something to him and he left the house steaming. Or maybe he just left the house saying that, ‘Today is going to be the end for one of these black people.’ That’s what it feels like. That’s what it feels like. It just hurts. It hurts.”

I’m sure the Kenosha police are saying the exact same thing about Jacob Blake, who had an active arrest warrant for third-degree sexual assault at the time of the shooting. Blake has previously been arrested for pointing a weapon at people, carrying a concealed weapon into a building and domestic violence.  

Did Jacob Blake wake up on the wrong side of the bed Sunday morning?

When I watched the initial viral video showing police shooting Blake in the back I was outraged. I waited to calm down. I sent the video to a couple of friends and discussed it with them. We wondered why it was only 20 seconds. Why was it edited? Was it edited and then released to provoke outrage, fear and rioting?

I decided it was best to wait for additional information before making any sort of comment. (I’m still waiting for additional information. This column is not a defense of the police or vilification of Blake.)

LeBron James has more than 40 million followers on Twitter. Doesn’t he have a moral responsibility to be informed and measured before commenting on a controversy that could inspire civil unrest? What’s the harm in waiting 48 hours, 72 hours or a week?

Is James intentionally being used as an agent of chaos?

His logic is consistent with the logic of white bigots. James uses occasional anecdotes to make sweeping negative generalizations about white police officers.

“And y’all wonder why we say what we say about police!”

James’ Twitter feed reads like a transcript from a KKK rally. Can’t you hear the Grand Wizard of the Klan shouting to his followers in the aftermath of O.J. Simpson?

“And y’all wonder why we say what we say about black people!”

LeBron James foolishly thinks he’s overseeing the police. He’s overseeing the black KKK. He’s promoting racism. He’s demonizing a group of white people based on the behavior of a few. 

As a black man that sort of racist tactic should be terrifying. That racist tactic was used to deny us freedom in this country. No one who professes to care about the welfare of black people would adopt the tactics of white bigots. 

Bigots, regardless of color, have a common trait. Ignorance. Ignorance fuels their ego. Information is their enemy. They avoid it at all costs. Negative anecdotes frame their worldview.

Bigotry has subdued and detained LeBron James. 

Black Lives Matter is a clever Twitter hashtag designed to spread racial division. Twitter baits and rewards racial demagoguery. James is addicted to social media. His bigotry is no surprise. 

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Written by Jason Whitlock

Jason Whitlock is a longtime sports writer, TV personality, radio host, podcaster and the newest member of the Outkick family.
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  1. Why is it that all these “innocent” black guys all have criminal records or are being arrested for crimes?How about this…If you’re so afraid of being shot by police, don’t commit crimes! Is that too much to ask? Jason isn’t afraid because he’s not out robbing and assaulting people. He’s an intelligent human being who works hard and treats people with respect, like we ALL should. Seems pretty simple to me…

  2. Lebron has the mind of a teenager, and unfortunately there’s a portion of America that is not smart enough to ignore his adolescent opinions, or the opinions of Billie Eilish, or Alyssa Milano. Its exactly what Ricky Gervais meant when he said “most of you spent less time in school than Greta Thunberg.”

    • Is it a coincidence that the Left has held up a shrieking 16 year old girl — with the glowering mien of Eco-Torquemada — as a not-to-be-questioned sage, moral authority and policy-maker on global warming? That foul-mouthed, rage-fueled teen David Hogg is Little Lord Gun Control, who castigates, from his high chair of invincible ignorance, all murderous bitter clingers on the pestilence of demon guns?

      Irrationality, acting-out, coercive infantilism: all the hallmarks of modern progressivism. LeBron fits in perfectly. Witness the Witless King.

  3. Thank you for calling him out for who he has become, Mr. Whitlock. But Internal Affairs officer James isnt alone. Obviously, you have Investigstor Kuzma. Also, Detective Aaron Rodgers is on the case. Sounds like he’s already identified systemic racism within this incident.
    Obviously, based on his years of law enforcement experience. Certainly, he’s not trying to come off as the “cool white guy” for his black teammates or anything. I’m sure Captain Popovich will be declaring his findings shortly, so he can pander to the NBA’s black athletes and continue to be the “cool dad” figure in the league. Officer Lebron (good one by the by the way) the fake militant, will probably be breaking out his bag of goodies at his next presser, to include the Koran and bow tie. Maybe when he is done with his thorough and transparent investigation into this police incident, he can update us on the investigation into the hate crime perpetrated on the gate of his multi million dollar mansion a few years ago. Couple of other things: I believe this suspect was armed with a knife, based on what I’ve read (not confirmed). Also, I’m wondering if a choke hold could have been employed at some point during the initial struggle that would have subdued this individual and prevented an escalation into firing of a weapon? In the Atlanta incident, one officer had the back of Rashard Brooks and it appears could have possibly used that maneuver. Maybe Brooks is alive if that cop was permitted to use a choke hold. Both of these guys would definitely be alive if they followed the lawful orders of a police officer. Great article!

    • Imagine that, complying with the legal instructions of a police officer.

      A few years back I was driving to work and got pulled over for speeding, I always go out of my way to pull into a safe area where the officer can get out of his car and approach my car without fear of some texting and driving bozo accidently killing them. In this case I pulled into a parking lot and the way I was parked obscured both myself and the officer from the highway. The Officer who was black approached my car very suspiciously, hand on his gun, that’s when it occurred to me what I did, by pulling into a concealed area I gave this Officer every reason to believe that his life may be in danger. When he saw that I had a child seat in my car he relaxed a little, and I immediately apologized to him for giving him cause for concern.

      Here’s what I did NOT do, I did not jump out of my car and scream at him for putting his hand on his weapon and play the poor poor me card. There are thousands of fugitives in this country, some that are very dangerous. Every police officer knows that a routine traffic stop could be the moment they die or have to take someone’s life. Tough job to say the least.

      • Robert, great post….In my encounters with law enforcement, I also have never screamed at police officers. In addition, here is what else I have never done: I have never wrestled with the officer (like Jacob Blake). I have never stolen a taser and tried to shoot police with it (like Rayshard Brooks). I have never fought an officer for his gun (Like Michael Brown)…..I don’t understand what Lebron and other BLM members want. Do they want a world where we are allowed to kick, punch, and shoot fireworks at officers, while also trying to steal their guns and tasers? It’s madness. They’ve lost their minds. We need to vote out BLM supporters at every level of government. …..(and if any Democrats happen to be reading this, I am not trying to change your mind about Trump. I have realized from speaking with family members that I probably can’t do that. But Please do not vote for people who want to destroy our country at any level of government. It is not in any of our best interest, no matter our race, no matter where we live)

        • Well said Sir! There’s a movie called End of Watch, not the greatest move in the world but it has a wonderful monologue at the beginning where Officer Brian Taylor (played by Jake Gyllenhaal brilliantly explains the life of a police officer:

          Brian Taylor: [voice over] I’m the police. And I’m here to arrest you. You’ve broken the law. I did not write the law. I may even disagree with the law. But I will enforce it. No matter how you plead, cajole, beg or attempt to stir my sympathies, nothing you do will stop me from placing you in a steel cage with grey bars. If you run away, I will chase you. If you fight me, I will fight back. If you shoot at me, I will shoot back. By law, I am unable to walk away. I’m a consequence. I am the unpaid bill. I am fate with a badge and a gun. Behind my badge is a heart like yours. I bleed. I think. I love. And yes, I can be killed. And although I’m but one man, I have thousands of brothers and sisters who are the same as me. They will lay down their lives for me. And I them. We stand watch together. A thin blue line. Protecting the prey from the predators. The good from the bad. We are the police.

  4. Lebron really is a marvel of humanity.
    At no other time in human history has the person with the largest platform and reach also simultaneously been the dumbest person on the planet. What a time to be alive.

  5. Of course he is a racist bigot and is ignorant of the facts more whites are killed by cops than blacks i have yet to hear him mention the terrible black on black murders that go on weekly in cities like Chicago and Baltimore. But that doesn’t fit his narrative he acts like other race hustlers who really do not care about lives just their agenda. Thank You Jason for calling it like you see them excellent!!

  6. This incident is another example of why we need MORE, not less, police funding. In this case and in the Atlanta Wendys case, two officers are unable to subdue a single person. This needs to stop happening. They need close combat training, maybe martial arts. Yes it will require slobs to get in some kind of shape but that’s om them. Sean Hannity, who is a martial artist himself, has been at the forefront of this idea and I couldn’t agree more. If we want the best we need to pay for the best. We need the guns to not be relied upon as much.

    It’s just sad that none of this gets talked about unless the person getting shot happens to be black. And more often than not they’re a felon and they’re canonized by the leftist Woke religion.

    • Feddy, I like your post. That would be great if someday our law enforcement had better training in mixed martial arts. I didn’t know Hannity mentioned this, but I am pretty sure I’ve heard Joe Rogan discuss this. Sadly, Lebron and BLM members don’t really care about helping the country. ……Also, I agree with your point about this only being talked about if a black person is shot. I mean, on average, two police officers are killed each week, and a white person is killed everyday by police. We never hear about these tragedies. The leftist woke religion is trying to play our whole country.

    • I have a theory that would be wildly unpopular with mainstream America, but is really common sense and could hopefully be applied someday. Police Officers need to meet certain height and weight requirements to be considered for the job. I’m 5’5″ tall and weigh 170 pounds. I would make a terrible police officer because every violent criminal I approach is going to see me as a lunch meat compared to an officer that stands 6’0″ and is a healthy 200 to 220 pounds. Putting a small female or small male police officer into a potentially violent confrontation with criminals is a terrible idea. You don’t see 5’4″ female bouncers for a reason, nor do you see 5’6″ male bouncers.

      I think the minimum size requirements to be an officer should be 5’8″ and 180lbs which coincidently is the size of the average male in America. All Officers should also meet strength and stamina requirements, such as being able to run 5 miles in an hour, and being able to do 100 push ups in 5 minutes etc.. Officers should be required to pass this fitness test each year. And for goodness sakes, PAY them more. Cost of living varies everywhere, but for the average mid sized American city their pay should be $60k to start, with the ability to earn $80k by year 3. Higher salaries available based on merit and achieving higher ranks, similar to the military.

  7. Why do we know the names of Jacob Blake, George Floyd, Michael Brown & Freddie Gray, all criminals, yet the names of the young black victims of gang violence go unknown? As do the names of police officers shot & killed by street punks. The likes of Lebron James invoke martyr status on common street thugs who ignore police orders. So to another generation of blacks kids without dads at home, Drug Dealer Freddie, Hands Up Mike & Skittles Trayvon are the heroes, not Frederick Douglass or Harriet Tubman, and certainly not Abraham Lincoln. At least according to esteemed father figure King James, the biblical authority of “keeping it real” blackness.

    My decision to ignore the NBA bubble is reinforced yet again.

  8. Mr. James lives in a world of luxury. He renders judgment on a case that will take months to fully investigate. He has the right to say whatever he chooses. He chooses to use emotionally charged language. But he also knows that riots will never come to his upscale neighborhood and he won’t have to worry about any of his business interests being burned to ground. If ever pressed for facts backing up his opinion on this incident, he would likely sidestep as he has done with China. In the end, most people who actually look at facts and evidence, will continue to see him as unserious.

  9. LeBron lives a life that .00001% live. If he’s so scared he should leave the bubble and become a cop. I can’t even imagine trying to enforce the law out on the streets today!! I don’t think we know enough yet to make a judgement about what happened in WI. But, I’m sick and tired of being told we are racists by freaking LeBron James

  10. Hey Jason,
    It’s very hard to wait for the story to unfold…you deserve a lot of credit for sharing it with friends and talking about it before making a judgment as a journalist. And Thank God you did see the second video, and as you say…”was the first one edited?”
    Better sometimes to be right (in the sense of having all the available facts) as opposed to being first with a hot take, like almost every member of the media is doing these days.
    And that includes Brentwood Man, who can’t seem to get his mind to work before his mouth starts spewing hate.
    Let me retract that last statement…he knows damn well what he’s saying and why he’s saying it, as you suggest in today’s episode of The Fantastic Journey into the mind of the man-child.
    Thanks, Jason, for grinding every day…we all need you!!!

  11. I seriously wish LBJ and all these other athletes would sit down and have an open honest conversation with JW..Just listen and let him educate you..BLM 101..the worst thing that can happen to any minority is for society and their own family to tell them they have no chance of succeeding in life.,..LBJ and other celebs instill fear in these people.

  12. you are absolutely 100 % right Jason. LBJ’s comments and rhetoric just add fuel to the fire. I am sure there is a lot more info forthcoming . I have some info that they did attempt to tazor the suspect and it did not ‘work” also the suspect told the officers he was going to “go get his gun”as he was walking back towards the driver’s side of his vehicle. The local cops have history with this induvudual who is known to carry and has a history of being confrontational with the cops. I am certain all the Officers responding where aware of this fact.As to LBJ calling cops liars after he is confronted with facts and evidence. All that evidence will be on dash cam video and body warn cameras so there goes that argument. Thanks for keeping an open mind Jason I am sure there will be more important facts and evidence coming out soon.

  13. I am a black man and I am NOT scared of the Police. Neither is anyone in my family. What the heck kind of message is he trying to send here with that statement? It seems he wants black people to be viewed as victims to the point that we all shake in terror when we leave our homes or see or encounter police? This is Nonsense! I don’t believe for one SECOND that Lebron James is scared to leave his house or of the Police. If I didn’t know any better I would think Lebron James is actively trying to fan racial flames with some of his comments over the past year or so. I don’t know exactly what happened with the man who was shot and the Police officers but I expect to find out soon. There is absolutely no need to rush to judgement here, the man that was shot is not even dead. He will be able to get his story out soon as will the police. However I find it infuriating that Lebron James would try to speak for Black people on a matter like this and say that Black People are scared in America. Don’t Speak for me or for any others Please! I am not scared, and I doubt there is a significant number of non-idealogues that would say otherwise.

  14. Without a doubt Jason is correct about LeBron. King James has proven it time and time again. It is clear he cannot wait till all the facts come out (in any police controversy) before his condemnation begins. As Jason has mentioned many times, trouble typically comes when people of any color resist the police. Many would still be alive if they would just follow instruction. I recently read that 29 law enforcement officers have been killed (by gunfire) in the line of duty so far this year. The woke don’t care about this stat. I’m trying to “saydue” my outrage.

  15. Hey, LeChina James, you POS, ignorant, victim/race card carrying hypocrite, why don’t you show the same venom towards the BLACK hoodrat that EXECUTED Cannon Ninnant, a FIVE YEAR OLD…..INNOCENT, White boy, who was riding his bike in his front yard??? Cannon was an actual victim. STFU and do as Laura Ingraham said, just shut up and dribble….it’s the ONLY thing you’re any good at.

  16. thank you JW, I’m most grateful to you for putting logic and reason above the racial guilt police and their ‘choke’ hold over the lamestream media. i grew up with the racial guilt mantra and I’d hoped such tribalism was disappearing…that was before Obama allowed al Sharpton to speak for him after Ferguson (and 10000 FBI agents told Obama and his AG that the white guy was innocent). only one question, does anyone quote Thomas Sowell anymore? are we allowed to on the Marxist Stream Media?? let’s focus on solutions and move forward, we all have sad ‘victim’ stories to tell….but just tell it once and move on to recovery…….. don’t create MORE racism, like LBJ.

  17. You just have to be impressed that LeBron can be NBA Commissioner, Lakers Head Coach, political expert, China Spokesperson, professional agitator & now Police Investigator. How does he have the time?

  18. When the law tells you to stop it doesn`t mean fight and then go to your car for….something. Good grief, ignorance is on a rampage. What do you think the narritive would be if a black officer had to shoot a white person who disobeyed the police yesterday? People would say he should have obeyed the law and he got himself shot. Lebron James just acts like some dopey kid. What he should do is ride around with the police in Chicago for a day. Until he does that…………shut up and dribble!

  19. LeBron should start watching Western movies. He can learn that if you don’t want to get shot by anyone with a gun, don’t threaten them physically or verbally. If you don’t want people with guns to come looking for you, don’t do shit to piss them off. Police are more restrained than the gunslingers, but you get the point.

    • Good analogy….I hadn’t heard that one before. While reading the article, I was thinking if only people lived by the rules we learned in kindergarten. Don’t hit; don’t take stuff that isn’t yours; clean up your on mess; say your sorry when you hurt someone; and listen….Life in general and in particular any interaction with the Police would be so much better for you.

  20. I wish for once, LeBron would use the same advice he gave to Daryl Morey about not being educated enough on a subject. The man’s ego knows no bounds. Calling an MIT Sloan graduate uneducated with his high school education. Priceless.

  21. The one common problem with most of these police shootings of black men is the failure to “COMPLY.”

    These same men have suffered with “complying” their entire life. They have a major issue with AUTHORITY.

    They never listened to their parents, teachers, their supervisors, etc.

    Their mindset is that they live by one rule and that rule is their rule.

  22. If you live in the US and you see 25 special police in riot gear, please get the hell out of their way because they are probably headed toward a shooting, looting, burning, murder, assault and battery, armed robbery, larceny, burglary, aggravated assault, etc. Millions of people in the US have a problem and the inability to understand simple English commands like, “Put your hands up”, “stop”, “get your hands out of your pockets”, “Don’t reach into your clothes”, “stop walking back to your vehicle”, don’t run and don’t interfere with a police investigation. If you follow these rules there is a 99% chance that you won’t get hurt or killed.

  23. excellent column…… i know you don’t read your mentions but…… i hope you know

    you are the right man at the right time – and we are all better off for the fact that CT….. has gotten to the point where he has created a platform to speak with impunity…….

    the first amendment is alive and well indeed !

  24. Thank you for the article, your perspective and experience. I am not a spring chicken so through experience I have learned that one cannot judge solely on 15 seconds of video. My mind also goes to who produced, edited, narrated, directed & agenda of whatever I am viewing. ” In the 1960’s there was a show that apparently the 6 mass media icons that control our news press & social media took to heart. It is clearly stated in the voice over opening of Outer Limits of the intent & here is a snippet “ There is nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are controlling transmission. If we wish to make it louder, we will bring up the volume. If we wish to make it softer, we will tune it to a whisper. We will control the horizontal. We will control the vertical. We can roll the image, make it flutter. We can change the focus to a soft blur or sharpen it to crystal clarity. For the next hour, sit quietly and we will control all that you see and hear. We repeat: there is nothing wrong with your television”..obviously mass media knows how to tell a vision. Adding relevance to target audience media and/or political people they. pick up highly educated patsy’s like Judge James.The more sport players & celebrities come out condemning target of choice & vocally shaming oppositional view the quicker we divide. It’s a repeat of the 90’s talk shows that won’t go away. We’re doomed as protesters gain validity after 90 days in Portland pillaging, they must be union. They also have visual effects done by Ray C Robinson & Editors work weekends at Nobel nominated Babylon Bee Press. Yet we’re told to ‘never fear, politicians have your rear’ which explains why I feel totally screwed every time they make a appearance on TV.

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