Los Angeles Lakers star had a fantastic response to the owner of an Ohio bar who is willing to risk losing money simply because he does not like the basketball star.
James Lebron felt the need to take on the small business bar owner who said he would no longer show the league’s games due to the latest anti-police rant from LeBron James.
Last week, James Lebron tweeted “YOU’RE NEXT,” at Columbus, Ohio, police officer Nicholas Reardon. The day before, Reardon had shot 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant as she was attacking another girl with a knife. James posted his tweet long after officials had released bodycam footage that showed Bryant was in the act of swinging the knife at a girl when she was shot. She later died of her wounds.
In response to the tweet James posted and later deleted, Linnie’s Pub in Cincinnati posted a terse Facebook message that read, “If anyone wants to watch an NBA game, don’t come to Linnie’s Pub. We will not air them until LeBron James has been expelled from the NBA.”
LeBron then retweeted a sarcasm sarcasm-laced response to Linnenan’s announcement.
“Aww Damn! I was headed there to watch our game tonight and have a drink! Welp,” James wrote.
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James garnered backlash from law enforcement supporters last week when he sent a tweet targeting police officer Nicholas Reardon, who shot and killed Ma’Khia Bryant – a 16-year-old Black girl in Ohio.
Bodycam footage showed Reardon shooting at Bryant four times as she lunged toward another girl while holding what appeared to be a knife.
“ANGER does any of us any good and that includes me! Gathering all the facts and educating does though! My anger still is here for what happened to that Lil girl. My sympathy for her family and may justice prevail!” James wrote on Twitter.
“I’m so damn tired of seeing Black people killed by police. I took the tweet down because it is 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.”
James’ tweet stirred controversy among significant figures associated with right-wing politics and pro-law-enforcement agendas, including Donald Trump.
“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,” Trump said in a statement Thursday evening. “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!”
TV ratings for the 2020 NBA playoffs, which prominently featured “Black Live Matter” statements on the court and player gear, were down 37% compared to 2019. A recent poll conducted by Yahoo News/YouGov, found 34.5% of respondents saying they have watched fewer sports due to social justice campaigns.
Bar owner Jay Linneman said athletes need to understand that their political opinions do not rule the world, according to The Cincinnati Enquirer.
“They just need to play the game and that’s it,” he said. “Their opinion doesn’t matter. They’re using their position to push their opinions, and that’s just not right.”
He noted that if former President Donald Trump commented similar to the one James tweeted, there would be demands for “impeachment.”
Although James is a dominating presence on the court, in the world of social media he was one more target for mockery, including a TikTok video later posted to Twitter that shows Idaho lawman Nate Silvester imagining how police would respond to a stabbing scene in they were to check in with James for advice.
A policeman calls LeBron for advice in hilarious viral video pic.twitter.com/iQmLOKFXHr
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“Dispatch, I’ve arrived at that disturbance. Will you have LeBron call my cellphone right away, please? Thank you,” Silvester says as the video begins.
After politely asking a person stabbing another individual to stop, he takes an imaginary call from James.