Professional sports are dying a slow death because of politics.
Many of the top stars have decided to get on their soapboxes and rant on topics they don’t fully understand.
Now NBA superstar LeBron James endangered one police officer with a disgusting threat.
The NBA’s ratings are tanking.
League commissioner Adam Silver promised to scale back from the full-on Black Lives Matter propaganda that marred the 2020 playoffs.
But star players like LeBron James didn’t get the message that partisan politics is killing the sport.
James again waded into controversy after a shooting incident involving a 15-year-old girl named Ma’Khia Bryant in Columbus, Ohio.
A police officer shot and killed Bryant as she was lunging with a knife in her hand toward another teenage girl.
Bryant was heard yelling, “I’m going to stab the f*** out of you, b****!”
Bodycam footage of the incident was released, but James didn’t even bother to gather the facts before tweeting a threat at the officer who saved a teenage girl’s life.
James tweeted a picture of the officer with the menacing caption, “You’re next”:
Twitter users dogpiled on James, which shamed him into eventually deleting the tweet.
He later issued a mealy-mouthed non-apology:
ANGER does any of us any good and that includes myself! Gathering all the facts and educating does though! My anger still is here for what happened that lil girl. My sympathy for her family and may justice prevail! 🙏🏾✊🏾🤎👑
— LeBron James (@KingJames) April 21, 2021
James’s threat comes on the heels of the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial.
Chauvin was convicted on all three counts—including second-degree murder—in the death of George Floyd.
Legal experts argued that second and third-degree murder charges did not fit the crime because of a lack of intent, but it didn’t matter.
James’s behavior is indicative of celebrities and so-called mainstream media outlets that are poisoning the national discourse.
These lies about police shootings have real-world consequences.
In 2020, James made several despicable statements about policing in America.
He said black men are being “hunted” on a daily basis by cops, even though there’s zero evidence to support the claim.
James also said racist cops wake up in the morning with the intent of killing unarmed black men.
But after two police officers were ambushed in their police car in Los Angeles, James was silent.
James makes most of his money from endorsements, particularly from Nike whose largest customer base resides in China, so he doesn’t really care if the NBA overall takes a financial hit.
He’s nearly a billionaire and he’s in the twilight of his career.
But the long-term health of the NBA is in serious jeopardy because of its foolish embrace of progressive politics.