LeBron James took to twitter to voice his frustrations following the shooting of a young woman in Ohio. He received a response from an unlikely person, OJ Simpson. Simpson “reprimanded” James for his response feeling the NBA vet spoke to soon. LeBron is as synonymous with his activism and Simpson is with his murder trial, so its no surprise that some weren’t here for the former NLF player giving advice to the basketball legend.
LeBron James recently awarded with the President’s Award at the 53rd NAACP Image Awards on Saturday March 27th. The prestigious acknowledgement was not lost on James, who took to the stage to accept the award with a powerful speech. He took the time to highlight voter suppression and his “More Than a Vote” initiative.
“There’s a lot of voter suppression going on in the Black community where they’re trying to take away our right to vote, take away our right to be heard and take away anything we can do to continue to make change,” James said during his virtual reception of the President’s Award.
James history of activism spans a good portion of his career. in 2014 he told Sports Illustrated he felt a duty to use his platform to help others. “I feel my calling here goes above basketball. I have a responsibility to lead.” he said at the time.
In 2012 while playing for the Miami Heat, he and his teammates wore hoodies in tribute to Trayvon Martin.
He also wore a shirt saying “I Can’t Breathe” in December of 2014 in support of Eric Garner and his family.
Despite his long history of activism, OJ Simpson still felt like maybe LeBron didn’t have all the facts when speaking out on Ma’Khia Bryant’s death.
“You can’t fight every battle.” he said in a twitter post. “This one, LeBron should’ve waited.”
He continued, “The police guy had no choice. We wish he could’ve done it in another way, but in that instance, if he hadn’t done what he did, it appeared to me another young American would’ve had her life taken.”
This was in response to a now deleted post by LeBron, followed by a more detailed response by James. “I’m so damn tired of seeing Black people killed by police,” he said on Twitter. “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”
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