COLUMBUS, Ohio — Following a controversial tweet that he deleted following the death of Ma’Khia Bryant, NBA star LeBron James had more to say Monday night.
James, an Arkon native who won a 2016 title with the Cleveland Cavs, tweeted, “I fueled the wrong conversation about Ma’Khia Bryant and I owe it to her and this movement to change it.”
He also shared an opinion article from Vox titled “Why they’re not saying Ma’Khia Bryant’s name.”
Bryant was laid to rest last Friday in Columbus.
Officer Nicholas Reardon fatally shot Bryant, a 16-year-old Black teen, multiple times on April 20. He was among officers responding to a fight in front of a home in Columbus.
Her death was the third since December by a law enforcement officer within the city of Columbus.
James’ initial reaction drew criticism when he tweeted a photo of Reardon saying “YOU’RE NEXT.” He deleted the tweet.
The Los Angeles Police Protective League, the police union representing Los Angeles officers, criticized James.
“When you have nearly 50 million followers, you have to take responsibility for your social media posts,” the union said. “Targeting an officer who was forced to make a critical decision to save a life without even knowing the facts is reckless. If an off-duty officer made a similar post, they would be under investigation.”