NBA superstar LeBron James has been dubbed “King James.” However, in recent days, he has become the “King of Mockery” by police officers in a TikTok video that has been viewed more than 2.4 million times.
On Tuesday evening, April 20, after Ma’Khia Bryant, a 16-year-old black girl, was reportedly shot dead by a white policeman in Columbus, Ohio. James tweeted a photo of officer Nicholas Reardon, writing “YOU’RE NEXT #ACCOUNTABILITY,” with the hourglass icon.
After his tweet had received backlash from the social media community, James later deleted it, but things are still ramping up.
As reported by Newsweek on April 25, 2021, Nate Silvester, an officer with the Office of Marshals in Bellevue, Idaho, mocked James with a TikTok video that had attracted almost 2.4 million views. In the video, Silvester pretends to call James for permission before he can act.
The video begins with Silvester arriving at an unknown scene and calling for permission from James. He was sitting in the car, calling LeBron on his cell phone at the same time, pretending to be talking to someone outside, and he asked the person to “quit, knife down.”
Then Silvester said, “stop stabbing him.” He got a call from LeBron, and he pretended to report to LeBron as to what he could do when two blacks were attacking each other with knives.
Silvester made a sound as if he was listening to James, and then he continued.
“So you don’t care if one Black kills another Black – but you care if a white cop kills a black person, even if he does it to save one’s life. Another Negro? ” asked the officer. “I mean, that doesn’t make any sense, but again, you’re really good at basketball so I guess I’ll listen to you.”
Later, Silvester even told James, “Michael Jordan’s the GOAT-Greatest of All Time.”
Then he said he had to go and calmly said through the open window: “Sorry, you guys take care of yourself. Good luck.”
— GuidoFawkes (@GuidoFawkes1976) April 24, 2021
On Thursday, a Cincinnati bar owner said he would no longer show NBA games on TV on his premises until James was “banished” from the tournament. The Lakers star then trolled the bar, saying: “Damn Aww! I went there to watch our game tonight and have a drink! Hooray.”
After James deleted his post about Bryant’s case, he posted it on Twitter again.
“ANGER [don’t do] anything good in us, and that includes myself! Gather all the facts and educate yes! My anger is here for what happened!” Come out with that girl. I sympathize with her family and hope justice wins!” he tweeted.
ANGER does any of us any good and that includes myself! 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! 🙏🏾✊🏾🤎👑
— LeBron James (@KingJames) April 21, 2021
For his actions, James was also criticized by former President Donald Trump last week.
“LeBron James should focus on basketball rather than presiding over the demolition of the NBA, which has just recorded the lowest TV RATINGS, by far, in the League’s long and striking history. His RACIST is divisive, annoying, insulting and He may be a great basketball player, but he does nothing to bring our Country together,” Trump said in a statement.