OJ Simpson has turned on LeBron James after the basketball star’s incendiary tweet over the deadly police shooting of black teenager Ma’Khia Bryant in Columbus, Ohio.
Justice crusader James confronted a public mauling for his misguided tweet posted within the wake of the demise of Bryant, 16, who was shot by officer Nicholas Rearden as she seemed to be making an attempt to assault two individuals with a knife.
““YOU’RE NEXT #ACCOUNTABILITY,” James ranted in a since-deleted message to his 49.6 million Twitter followers, sharing an image of Ohio officer Rearden.
That led to accusations that James was inciting mob justice and inflaming tensions even further before the incident had been fully investigated.
One man nonplussed by the NBA icon’s behavior was Simpson.
“I’m a fan of LeBron…,” Simpson started in a message issued on Twitter. “But you can’t fight every battle.
“You’ve got to pick your battles. It’s a war that must be fought, but sometimes you need to take your time and be a little more patient before you comment on some of these bad incidents that are happening with some police departments.”
The former star working again, 73, added that he was disillusioned with media portrayals of the shooting within the US, claiming that some retailers had edited the footage to depict the incident in a unique mild.
New footage has emerged which seems to point out Bryant screaming “I’m going to stab the f**k out of you, b**ch” as she lunges at a lady, earlier than being shot a number of instances.
“I’m a little upset with most of the media, because they showed us edited versions of what took place with the girl with the knife,” Simpson stated.
“They made it sound as if this was one other police officer overreacting and killing a younger black American.
“What I saw when I saw the full thing, the police guy had no choice, he responded. We wish he could have pulled a taser, we wish he could have done it in another way, but in that instance, if he hadn’t done what he did, it appears to me that another young American would have had her life taken.”
“I am unable to fault what he did. I want it had been completely different, however I am unable to fault it.
“I’m against defunding the police, we just have to redirect some of those funds for better training.”
Simpson urged LeBron to “keep fighting the fight” together with his efforts at eradicating racial injustice within the US, however cautioned “I think we all got to be a little more patient.”
After his preliminary tweet elicited widespread anger, James, 36, tried to clarify himself, writing: “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.”
After the feedback from Simpson – himself notorious as a former homicide suspect – the likes of Donald Trump Jr took the prospect to berate the basketball star much more.
“OJ dunking on LeBron. Imagine how bad your take has to be to bring OJ out for the layup!” Trump Jr goaded.