Cops have trolled LeBron James in a savage TikTok video 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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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...
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 spoke out about her daughter's death.
Paula Bryant tells me her 16 year-old daughter Ma’Khia Bryant was an honor roll student and a sweet child. Ma’Khia was shot and killed by a @ColumbusPolice on Legion Lane at 4:30p today. pic.twitter.com/0FfbQVEgSD— Lacey Crisp (@LaceyCrisp) April 21, 2021
"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.
"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...
Officer Nicholas Reardon shot and killed Ma’Khia Bryant. She was 16 and she only had a knife and was shot 4 times. There’s a lot of people focusing on “what if’s”. The other girls are safe. But Ma’Khia is dead. You cannot justify that.— Destiny Brown (@destinybr0wn) April 22, 2021
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...
@ColumbusPolice Officer Nicholas Reardon is a hero.— SophiaPv8 (@AfcnViolet) April 21, 2021
He saved a young girl from a knife attack.
Thank you Officer Reardon.
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...
I see the conversation around Ma’Khia Bryant dying down, and I get the collective fatigue. But damn, Black girls & women rarely ever get the same kind of outrage.— Bené (@beneviera) April 24, 2021
And people are unbelievably tired of it.
Basketball legend LeBron James is one of those people.
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! 🙏🏾✊🏾🤎👑— LeBron James (@KingJames) April 21, 2021
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...
And his tweet has resulted in people across the country have taunting the basketball player.
People really weren't impressed by his angry tweet...
LeBron James hates ALL law enforcement officers and his deleted tweet proves it.— Brigitte Gabriel (@ACTBrigitte) April 21, 2021
I had to look three times to confirm that LeBron James tweet is real.— Steve Krakauer (@SteveKrak) April 21, 2021
We’re in dangerous territory, America.
His tweet was bad for two reasons: 1) He basically admitted he hadn't researched what had happened in Columbus. He made a tweet out of anger without any background knowledge. Can't do that with his platform. 2) His tweet easily can be considered incitement. Easily.— FKAnthony2 (@anthony2_fk) April 22, 2021
Lebron James has never tweeted about the violence in Chicago.— thebradfordfile (@thebradfordfile) April 22, 2021
Not. One. Tweet.
LeBron James posted a tweet to spread more hate and racism then took it down because he said people were using it to spread more hate and racism.— The Dank Knight 🦇 (@capeandcowell) April 22, 2021
It was our fault all along. Amazing.
LeBron tweeted a picture of Officer Reardon on April 21st...
This man saves a girl from getting stabbed. LeBron James threatens him bc he doesn’t wait for the facts and then deletes the tweet.— Meseidy | Femininity🌸Self-reliance🌿Freedom🗽 (@itsmeseidy) April 21, 2021
Funny, not everything is racism LeBron. pic.twitter.com/dUDAFTiyVV
Along with the caption, "YOU'RE NEXT. #ACCOUNTABILITY."
Upon seeing the backlash, the basketball star swiftly deleted his tweet...
I’m so damn tired of seeing Black people killed by police. 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— LeBron James (@KingJames) April 21, 2021
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...
It hasn't stopped criticism.
Many conservative figures have been calling upon his high-profile sponsors to drop him completely... including Candace Owens, of course.
If America was a country that believed in justice, Lebron James would be stripped of all of his sponsorships. https://t.co/LNyygUnFvu— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) April 22, 2021
"If America was a country that believed in justice, LeBron James would be stripped of all of his sponsorships," she tweeted.
There have even been calls for LeBron's upcoming movie, Space Jam 2, to be boycotted...
Boycott Space Jam— Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) April 21, 2021
Lebron threatens police
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.
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...
Aww Damn! I was headed there to watch our game tonight and have a drink! Welp. 🥴 https://t.co/RRfRksjckM— LeBron James (@KingJames) April 24, 2021
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."
And now, police officers have turned to TikTok to troll LeBron...
A series of videos have been posted by different officers pretending to take orders from LeBron.
One video sees an officer respond to a call from dispatch by saying he has to talk to LeBron James before responding.
He pretends to deal with a stabbing incident by asking someone to "put the knife down please" and "stop stabbing" before answering a call from LeBron.
He then pretends to ask LeBron how he should deal with the incident...
A policeman calls LeBron for advice in hilarious viral video pic.twitter.com/iQmLOKFXHr— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) April 25, 2021
Before adding: "So you don't care if a black person kills another black person but you do care if a white cop kills a black person, even if he's doing it to save the life of another black person?
"I mean it doesn't make a whole lot of sense but then again, you are really good at basketball, so I guess I'll take your word for it."
Meanwhile, another video shows an officer answer the phone and say "hey chief LeBron."
The officer then proceeds to explain a scenario, before saying: "Ok. You know better than us so..."
"Yes, I understand."
Police officer mocks LeBron James. Glorious.— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) April 26, 2021
"I'll go shoot some hoops then."
What do you think about LeBron's tweet?
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?