LeBron James has come under fire for his recent controversial tweet, but many actually agree with what he had to say.
It's all down to interpretation...
A U.S. senator is accusing LeBron James of "inciting violence" against a police officer...
Read on to see his "dangerous" since-deleted tweet...
Now, usually, LeBron James is known for his iconic basketball career.
via: Getty Images
The thirty-five-year-old is widely regarded as one of the greatest basketball players of all-time through his sensational career with the Lakers.
But basketball is far from his only passion.
via: Getty ImagesJames is well immersed in the world of education and getting kids on the right track - using his influence for good.
And he's certainly not all talk...
But, without a doubt, James launched his biggest project 2 years ago.
James' I Promise School was originally designed to be an experiment.
The school is specifically catered to underprivileged children.
James' school provides free meals for the kids...
On top of that, all pupils receive a free bike when they arrive at the school.
This is something extremely close to James' heart after he admitted that having a bike gave him the freedom to explore and escape some of the more dangerous parts of the neighborhood while growing up.
At the time of the school's launch in 2018, James spoke out about the motivation behind the life-changing project.BBC. "No matter the good and the bad, you always want to be around that support system."
His own childhood experiences sparked the idea.
"School didn't mean anything to me," he said. "There were just a lot of empty days, empty nights and just kind of a no-future thought process.
"It was mentally challenging. No kid at eight, nine should have that stress... so I know exactly what a lot of these kids are going through."
The basketball sensation has poured his heart and soul into the school.
And hopes that it will provide a second chance for kids who are struggling at home or falling behind in their education.
However, the I Promise school is different from other institutions ran by celebrities...
Through this venture, the NBA star proved he's a role model both on and off the court.
via: Getty ImagesAnd he's truly gone above and beyond to be an inspirational figure in so many kids' lives.
LeBron has always been a man of the people...
via: GettyAnd, throughout years of major success, he has always remained grounded and stayed true to himself.
And he loves his fans.
via: GettyIn fact, he loves the fans so much that not too long ago he vowed not to play basketball if fans weren't allowed to attend.
It's only fair to say that almost everybody on the planet loves LeBron James.
And after taking a look into his life, his sporting expertise, and his generosity, it's hard not to.
But his recent tweet has left one U.S. senator in shock...
LeBron tweeted a picture, that has now been deleted, of the police officer who shot and killed sixteen-year-old Ma'Khia Bryant.
Although it seems people think the senator's interpretation is wrong...
Bodycam footage shows Bryant in a physical altercation with 2 other girls, one of whom was reportedly carrying a knife...
Ma’Khia Bryant was just 16 years-old.— Dominique Samuels🌸 (@dominiquetaegon) April 22, 2021
But she was also in the middle of attacking someone with a knife, potentially killing them.
The officer came on the scene in the same moment & stopped another person being killed.
I honestly don’t see what else he could have done? pic.twitter.com/vqPfOhc27b
Urging the officer to fire 4 fatal shots at Ma'Khia, killing her.
When questioned about his actions, the officer said, "She had a knife. She just went at her."
Conservatives: The cops had to shoot Ma’Khia Bryant because she had a knife.— Alex Cole (@acnewsitics) April 21, 2021
Kyle Rittenhouse: pic.twitter.com/mGKclZhXlk
Clearly, LeBron felt the officer used excessive force, and should be held accountable for his actions.
LeBron captioned a photo of the officer, writing: "YOU'RE NEXT #ACCOUNTABILITY" ... insinuating he should be charged like Derek Chauvin.
But, LeBron's post has sparked a backlash, with many officials calling his post "disgraceful and extremely reckless."
The National Fraternal Order of Police tweeted that LeBron "should educate himself and, frankly, has a responsibility to do so, on the facts before weighing in."
.@KingJames, with his vast resources & influence, should educate himself and, frankly, has a responsibility to do so, on the facts before weighing in. This is disgraceful & extremely reckless.— National Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) (@GLFOP) April 21, 2021
The officer saved a young girl's life. No amount of gaslighting will change that fact. pic.twitter.com/GTHn1VAAlf
"The officer saved a young girl's life. No amount of gaslighting will change that fact."
The message was echoed by Sen. Tom Cotton from Arkansas, who said, "LeBron James is inciting violence against an Ohio police officer. This is disgraceful and dangerous."
LeBron James just deleted this tweet: pic.twitter.com/5F6pZVi0QB— Alex Salvi (@alexsalvinews) April 21, 2021
Even ex-MLB star Lenny Dykstra said, "Hey, @nba, have you disciplined #LeBronJames for making a real and ongoing threat to the life of the brave officer in Columbus who prevented a knife attack from being even worse?"
LeBron has since explained his decision to delete the tweet, saying his message was "being used to create more hate."
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
He added, "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."
Read on for the full story surrounding Ma'Khia's tragic death...