A bar in Cincinnati, Ohio, will not be showing NBA games until LeBron James is “expelled” from the league. This comes after James took to Twitter to target a police officer who had saved a black girl from being stabbed last week, with the caption: “YOU’RE NEXT.”
“If anyone wants to watch an NBA game, don’t come to Linnie’s Pub,” Linne’s Pub owner Jay Linneman posted on Facebook. “We will not air them until Lebron James has been expelled from the NBA.”
James—a left-wing activist—tweeted a photograph of the police officer he was targeting, who allegedly shot and killed a girl who was trying to stab another girl, tweeting: “YOU’RE NEXT. #ACCOUNTABILITY.” James subsequently took down the tweet after realizing that he was in the wrong. This did not stop Ibram X. Kendi—the poster boy for critical race theory—from coming to James’s defense.
Linneman shared with the Cincinnati Enquirer that if high-ranking elected government officials did what James did, there would be calls for their removal from office.
“They just need to play the game and that’s it,” he added. “Their opinion doesn’t really matter. They’re using their position to push their opinions, and that’s just not right.”
James responded to news that the bar banned NBA games by seeming to mock the bar with a Twitter post, writing: “Aww Damn! I was headed there to watch our game tonight and have a drink! Welp.”
Just a few days after the incident, the Daily Wire reported:
Video has emerged in the shooting of Ma’Khia Bryant, 16, who was shot and killed while she was attempting to stab another girl, showing her screaming, “I’m going to stab the f*** out of you, b****,” as she lunged toward the girl before she was shot.
James received a significant amount of backlash for the post, which prompted him to delete the tweet just two hours after sharing it. He later posted two tweets about the incident but did not apologize for what many felt was putting a target on the back of the police officer.
“ANGER does [sic] any of us any good and that includes myself!” James said. “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!”
“I’m so damn tired of seeing Black people killed by police,” James continued. “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 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,” former President Donald Trump said in a statement.
“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!”