LeBron James' Tweet Calls for Him To Be Dropped By Sponsors | 22 Words

High-profile sponsors have been called upon to drop LeBron James after he posted a controversial tweet about the police officer who shot Ma'Khia Bryant last week.

Here's the full story...

Warning: This article contains details that some people may find upsetting.

Now, the incident unfolded on April 20th in Columbus, Ohio.

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At around 4pm, police officers responded to an emergency call over an attempted stabbing.

Upon their arrival, they found a sixteen-year-old girl, who has since been identified as Ma'Khia Bryant, attempting to stab another girl.

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After attempting to diffuse the situation, one of the officers opened fire and, despite CPR being performed, Ma'Khia was killed.

Bodycam footage provided by the police shows an altercation with a group of individuals outside a house...

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Before one of them - said to be Ma'Khia Bryant - appeared to lunge at another member of the group with a knife in hand.

Then, a police officer approached the group in the driveway and shouted "get down" before firing several shots, fatally injuring the girl.

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The officer can be heard saying in the footage, "She had a knife, she just went at her."

A bystander, however, shouted that she was just a child.

Ma'Khia's aunt, Hazel Bryant, told reporters that her niece had got into a disagreement with another girl at the foster home in which she resided.

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She later said the teen called the police, her father, and grandmother for help, and grabbed a knife to protect herself.

She was a good kid. She was loving," Hazel Bryant said, "Yeah, she had issues but that's OK. All of us go through sh*t... She didn't deserve to die like a dog in the street."

As soon as the news of Ma'Khai's death broke, Ohio's Bureau of Criminal Investigation launched an investigation into the events that took place.

Mayor Andrew Ginther told reporters that information will be released as quickly as possible before adding that, as a father, he was grieved by what happened.

"The city of Columbus lost a sixteen-year-old girl today. We know based on this footage the officer took action to protect another young girl in our community. But a family is grieving tonight. And this young sixteen-year-old girl will never be coming home."

Protesters quickly gathered at the scene...

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Many holding signs saying: "ENOUGH IS ENOUGH."

"It is absolutely devastating that I am driving home from an appointment in elation, honking my horn in jubilation, filled with hope in thinking there's maybe a turn that the nation deserves, and then simultaneously all of those feelings of positivity brought down to devastation in the blink of an eye is devastating," Thomas-St. Clair said.

Ma'Khia's mom quickly spoke out about her daughter's death.

"I'm very upset, I'm hurt. I want answers. My daughter dispatched Columbus police for protection — not to be a homicide today."

She then said her daughter had been staying in a foster home and Thursday was the last day she saw her.

"We hugged each other. She said, 'Mommy, I made honor roll.' She said, 'Mommy, I'm looking forward to coming home,'" Bryant said.

"Ma'Khia had a motherly nature about her. She promoted peace. That is something that I want to always be remembered," she added.

The officer who fired the fatal shot has since been identified as Officer Nicholas Reardon.

Officials say that Officer Reardon, who has been a Columbus police officer since December 2019, has been placed on leave while the incident is investigated.

Of course, opinions on Reardon's actions that day are mixed...

With many slamming Officer Reardon for shooting a sixteen-year-old girl and saying that it is yet another example of systematic racism.

But on the other hand, others have applauded Reardon for saving the life of the young girl at risk of being stabbed...

With some even hailing him as a hero.

But regardless of what people think of Officer Reardon's actions, another Black person has lost their lives at the hands of the police force...

And people are unbelievably tired of it.

Basketball legend LeBron James is one of those people.

LeBron took to Twitter in the wake of Ma'Khia's death to express his sorrow and anger over yet another Black life being lost.

"ANGER does any of us any good and that includes myself! 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!"

But LeBron then seemed to take things a step too far with a follow-up tweet about Officer Reardon...

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And his tweet has resulted in people calling upon some very high-profile sponsors to drop the basketball player completely.

People really weren't impressed by his angry tweet...

LeBron tweeted a picture of Officer Reardon on April 21st...

Along with the caption, "YOU'RE NEXT. #ACCOUNTABILITY."

Upon seeing the backlash, the basketball star swiftly deleted his tweet...

And he explained his decision in a follow-up tweet shortly afterward.

"I'm so damn tired of seeing Black people killed by police. I took the tweet down because it's 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."

Although the basketball player gave a reasonable explanation for his controversial tweet...

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Many conservative figures have been calling upon his high-profile sponsors to drop him completely... including Candace Owens, of course.

The right-wing author tweeted:

"If America was a country that believed in justice, LeBron James would be stripped of all of his sponsorships."

There have even been calls for LeBron's upcoming movie, Space Jam 2, to be boycotted...

Because LeBron "hates the police," apparently.

And as reported by Outkick, a bar in Ohio has even gone as far as to stop televising any of LeBron's games in protest.

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Taking to Facebook, Jay Linneman, the owner of Linnie's Pub, wrote:

"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."

But thankfully, it seems as if LeBron isn't too worried about his career or reputation...

As he sarcastically replied to the bar's banning of him on Twitter by saying:

"Aww Damn! I was headed there to watch our game tonight and have a drink! Welp."

What do you think about LeBron's tweet?

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Do you think it was wrong of him to share his anger? Or do you think he had every right to express his feelings over yet another tragedy within America's Black community?