A tweet from NBA superstar LeBron James targeting police responsibility for the killing of African Americans drew criticism from former US President Donald Trump, although it was removed by the Los Angeles Lakers player.
This post came after the death of a 16-year-old African American girl who was murdered by a police officer in Columbus, Ohio, where James was born.
He wrote on his account “It is your turn # Responsibility” with a picture of the policeman of the basketball player before erasing this message and replacing it with another: “I am tired of seeing black people being killed by the police.”
Video footage of the officer’s body and released by the police to the public shows the girl waving a knife to another person before shooting.
“The tweet was deleted because it was being used to generate more hate. It’s not about a police officer, it’s about the whole system and they always use our words to create more racism. And the person who led the Lakers to victory in the NBA championship last year added.”
LeBron James also pointed out that anger is the wrong response to situations like this. “Anger does not help me and it matters to me too!” We must gather the facts! I’m still mad about what happened to this little girl. I sympathize with his family and for justice to be served, “he wrote again.
Les évènements de Colombus surviennent juste après qu’un autre policier dans l’Etat du Minnesota a été jugé coupable de la mort en mai dernier d’un Afro-Américain, George Floyd, en l’étouffant alé qu’il ét menotté et allong on the earth.
Donald Trump responded to LeBron James’ first tweet by issuing a press release criticizing him for his remarks. “He should focus on basketball instead of overseeing the destruction of the NBA which has just scored its lowest audience ratings in the rich history of this iconic tournament,” he charged.
“His RACIST comments, which are divisive, mean, insulting and disdainful. He may be a great basketball player but he is doing nothing to unite our country,” added Donald Trump, who was defeated by Joe Biden last November.