LeBron James said on Twitter on Monday that he “fueled the wrong conversation” when he sent a now-deleted post about the Columbus, Ohio police officer who fatally shot a Black teenage girl.
Two weeks ago, the NBA star tweeted “YOU’RE NEXT” with an hour-glass emoji and included a picture of the officer who shot 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant. But James quickly deleted the message after he received a wave of backlash from critics who said he was stoking anti-police rhetoric. James said he took down the post because it was being used to “create more hate.”
On Monday, James shared a Vox article titled “Why they’re not saying Ma’Khia Bryant’s name” and wrote that he owed “it to her and this movement to change” the conversation around her death.
Body surveillance footage released from the April 20 incident indicated that Bryant was brandishing a knife and had another woman pinned against a car when the officer, Nicholas Reardon, opened fire.
Reardon has been placed on administrative leave while an independent police probe is being conducted.