Should police have to listen to what NBA dribbler LeBron James has to say about policing before or while doing their jobs? In a reasonable world, no. In a sane world, no. In this world, yes…because if they do something Lebron or others like him don’t like, then anti-police rhetoric is liable is escalate and riots might well start.
So, a cop took to TikTok to mock that and make fun of LeBron for trying to tell police how to do their jobs. He did so in an absolutely hilarious video in which he pretends to ask LeBron for advice on how to deal with a situation before doing his job. Watch that here:
A policeman calls LeBron for advice in hilarious viral video pic.twitter.com/iQmLOKFXHr
— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) April 25, 2021
As you can hear in the above video, he said:
LeBron, hey. Yeah, it’s me again. Listen, I’m out here at this disturbance call, and there’s a guy trying to stab another guy with a knife. What do you think I should do? … One guy is trying to stab another guy with a knife. Deadly force is completely justified.
I see. 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. … Thanks, LeBron!
Sadly, the marshal who made this funny video was fired, as the New York Post reported. Speaking to FNC’s Sean Hannity about the video and why people got angry about it, he said, “None of my other videos that depicted me in my uniform or involving body camera footage, none of those mattered. They didn’t care about those. It wasn’t until my LeBron James TikTok struck a political nerve that they started to pay attention and complain about it and came up with forms of discipline.”
The video was likely sparked by the Los Angeles Lakers star’s tweeting a photo that appeared to show the officer who was involved in the shooting of 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant in Columbus, Ohio with the caption: “YOU’RE NEXT #ACCOUNTABILITY.”
That tweet, though LeBron later deleted it, infuriated conservatives. US Senator Tom Cotton, for example, tweeted, “Lebron James is inciting violence against an Ohio police officer. This is disgraceful and dangerous. Is the NBA okay with this? Is Twitter?”
Commenting on Cotton’s tweet, Kyle Becker said, “Adam Silver only gets concerned if NBA players support respecting the flag and America’s police officers.”
Adam Silver only gets concerned if NBA players support respecting the flag and America's police officers.
— Kyle Becker (@kylenabecker) April 21, 2021
LeBron later said, “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.”
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
Featured image credit: screengrab from the embedded video
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