Twitter 'Unable to Evaluate' LeBron James' Tweet About Ohio Officer LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers talks to his teammates as the Brooklyn Nets are on the line shooting a free throw in the fourth quarter on April 10, 2021. (Elsa/Getty Images)
By Theodore Bunker | Monday, 26 April 2021 05:56 PM
Twitter says it is “unable to evaluate” LeBron James’ tweet about a Ohio police officer who shot and killed a Black teenager because the NBA star deleted the post, according to a spokesperson for the social media company
A Twitter spokesperson told the Washington Examiner last week that “Our teams are unable to evaluate Tweets that have been deleted since they no longer exist on our service.”
James tweeted on Wednesday, following the conviction of former Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin for murdering George Floyd, "YOU'RE NEXT #ACCOUNTABILITY,” along with a picture of Ohio police officer Nicholas Reardon, who on Tuesday shot and killed Ma’Khia Bryant outside her home.
He 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.”
Several prominent Republicans criticized James for his tweet, with Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., saying that it was a “dangerous” message and asked if the NBA and Twitter were “okay” with it.
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said that the tweet was “grossly irresponsible” during an interview with “Fox News Primetime” on Wednesday.
“The left consistently goes after, attacks and demonizes police officers and they do so often before the facts are known, often before there is any evidence of what happened,” Cruz said, “but their immediate reaction, whenever there is an incident, is that the police officer’s in the wrong, the police officer is the villain.”
He added, “And in this instance, ‘you’re next’ could certainly be interpreted by some, even, as a call for violence. I think it was a grossly irresponsible message for LeBron James to send out.”
Cruz later said, “By any measure, it was a volatile situation,” and Bryant “was wielding a knife, was violent, appeared to be threatening the lives of others. It may well be, on an investigation, that this police officer saved the life of a potential victim of a knife attack and we shouldn’t jump to conclusions. There needs to be an investigation. Anytime there is a shooting that takes someone’s life, the facts should be determined, but the left doesn’t care about the facts. They care about demonizing and attacking law enforcement, and I think it’s wrong.”