Twitter Silent on LeBron James 'YOU'RE NEXT' Tweet
Platform refuses to say if tweet violated policy
Twitter has remained silent following LeBron James's controversial tweet and refused to say whether the post violates its policies.
On Tuesday, police bodycam footage showed 16-year-old black teenager Ma'Khia Bryant shot by a cop after she attacked another teen with a knife.
James said the Columbus shooting was unjustified amid the conviction of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin on the murder of George Floyd.
The NBA icon wrote on Twitter:
"YOU’RE NEXT #ACCOUNTABILITY."
Deleted pic.twitter.com/Xqoasasev4— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) April 21, 2021
James was swiftly accused of inciting violence, as many said his tweet violated Twitter's policies.
But Twitter, who is usually keen to ban right-leaning users for much lesser violations, remained silent.
A Twitter spokesperson said:
"Our teams do not evaluate deleted Tweets as they are no longer on the service, rendering it impossible."
James later revealed the "ANGER" he felt when he sent the tweet.
"ANGER does [sic] any of us any good, and that includes myself!" James tweeted.
"Gathering all the facts and educating does, though! My anger still is here for what happened [to] that lil girl. My sympathy for her family and may justice prevail!"
"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."
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
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
James joins a slew of left-wing figures and media outlets who downplayed the fact that Bryant was attacking someone when she was shot.
Former Obama aide Valerie Jarrett claimed Wednesday that Bryant was shot "in order to break up a knife fight."
The New York Times and The Washington Post seemed to completely ignore the knife Bryant was holding at the time of the shooting.
President Donald Trump slammed James following the tweet:
“LeBron James should focus on basketball rather than presiding over the destruction of the NBA, which has just recorded the lowest television RATINGS, by far, in the long and distinguished history of the League,” Trump said on Thursday.
“His RACIST rants are divisive, nasty, insulting, and demeaning."
"He may be a great basketball player, but he is doing nothing to bring our Country together!”