LeBron James Deletes Tweet Calling for Prosecution of Columbus Cop Who Shot Knife-Wielding Teen

(National Review) LeBron James has deleted a tweet that called for the prosecution of Columbus, Ohio, police officer Nicholas Reardon, who fatally shot an African-American teen as she was attacking two females with a knife.

In the Wednesday afternoon tweet that was deleted, the basketball star posted a photo of Reardon with a caption that read “You’re Next.”

YOU’RE NEXT ⏳ #ACCOUNTABILITY pic.twitter.com/NnBfz9zdWq

— LeBron James (@KingJames) April 21, 2021

James removed the tweet after it drew backlash, including from elected Republican officials.

Senator Tom Cotton (R., Ark.) criticized the tweet, claiming that the NBA star was inciting violence against the officer.

“This is disgraceful and dangerous,” Cotton wrote Wednesday. “Is the NBA okay with this? Is Twitter?”