LeBron James has clapped a bar owner in Cincinnati who reportedly refused to broadcast NBA games until the league expelled the Lakers star after his controversial tweet about a police shooting.
Jay Linneman runs Linne’s Pub in the Delhi community on the west side of Ohio’s third largest city.
The state was in the global spotlight this week after a police officer shot and killed a knife-wielding black teenage girl in its capital, Columbus.
James, who is from Akron, took to Twitter and caused a storm by posting a photo of the accused officer along with the caption “YOU’RE NEXT #ACCOUNTABILITY” and an hourglass emoji.
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I’m bloody tired of seeing black people killed by the police. I took the tweet down because it’s being used to create more hate. This is not about an officer. It’s about the whole system and they always use our words to create more racism. I am so desperate for more RESPONSIBILITY
– LeBron James (@KingJames) April 21, 2021
Lebron later deleted the post and explained his reasons for doing so.
“I’m bloody tired of seeing black people killed by the police. [And] I took the tweet down because it is being used to create more hate, “he wrote.
“It’s not about an officer. It’s about the whole system and they’re always using our words to create more racism. I’m so desperate for more RESPONSIBILITY,” James concluded.
But that still wasn’t enough to reassure the critics. Ex-baseball player Aubrey Huff advised him to “move to China” and bar owner Linneman is now said to have joined them in his drastic action.
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“You [basketball players] I just have to play the game and that’s it, “Linneman explained his move.
“Your opinion doesn’t matter. You use your position to make your point, and that’s just not right.”
Linneman claimed that if Donald Trump or his successor made similar demands to President Joe Biden, “impeachment proceedings” would be required.
“If someone wants to see an NBA game, don’t come to Linnie’s Pub,” he warned on Facebook in a post that was praised from the right and attacked from the left.
“We won’t be broadcasting them until Lebron James has been banned from the NBA.”
James got wind of the news and replied on Saturday with a hilarious tweet: “Aww Damn! I was on my way to see our game and have a drink tonight! Welp.”
Ohio-born James sustained an injury Saturday night when the Lakers took on the Dallas Mavericks.
The Lakers suffered a 108-93 loss on the road at the American Airlines Center.