NBA legend LeBron James was vandalized online by ex-baseball player Aubrey Huff, who suggested the LA Lakers star “move to China” following his controversial tweet about a US police shootout.
The abuse is part of a backlash to a now-deleted tweet James sent on Wednesday night.
“YOU ARE NEXT RESPONSIBILITY,” James wrote alongside an hourglass emoji to label a photo of Nicholas Reardon, the Columbus Police Department officer who fatally shot 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant while answering an emergency call responded.
Video from Reardon’s body camera showed the black teenager brandishing a knife on a woman before opening fire.
LeBron later brushed off his fire tweet and tried to explain himself by saying, “I’m bloody tired of seeing black people killed by the police. [And] I took the tweet down because it’s being used to create more hate
“It’s not about an officer. It’s about the whole system and they always use our words to create more racism. I’m so desperate for more RESPONSIBILITY,” he concluded.
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But taking the original claims off the internet and offering an explanation wasn’t enough to calm the angry mob, and James was even attacked by other professional athletes for the outbreak.
The now-retired Huff, a two-time World Series champion who was formerly a San Francisco Giants, went wild in Lebron through a barrage of tweets.
WARNING: STRONG LANGUAGE
Hey @KingJames, fuck yourself for berating a cop for just doing his job. I bet if that was your son who got stabbed you would sing a different tune, you shit! You’re a big reason the @NBA dropped 80% in attendance over the past year. 🖕🏼
– Aubrey Huff (@aubrey_huff) April 21, 2021
“Hey King James, get ready for cheating on a cop about his job,” began the first, “liked” by over 21,000 like-minded people.
“I would bet if this was your son who got stabbed you would sing a different tune, you piece of shit!”
“You’re a big reason the NBA has 80% fewer viewers over the past year,” he said.
To draw attention to LeBron’s hypocrisy in hiring a private security team, Huff insisted that his legacy would become “irrelevant to most Americans.”
“Maybe you damn well want to move to China!” He advised him.
It was also commonplace to examine LeBron’s intellect while Huff asked the creator of Twitter why James’ name was supposedly out of trend, but Brett Favres after the fallout related to Derek Chauvin.
Today is the day when the legacy of @KingJames will be irrelevant to most Americans. Maybe you want to move to China Fickstock!
– Aubrey Huff (@aubrey_huff) April 22, 2021
Huff also made fun of himself, suggesting that his jersey “may be more popular than a King James jersey at this point”.
“But that doesn’t say much,” he joked dryly.