Celebrities and athletes are known for using their vast followings and high profile in the media to push their own agendas. Lately, many have been using their status to stir the pot and push anti-police rhetoric, including strong pushes to defund the police.
Often, celebrities and athletes do not have to face the consequences of their words as they are so far detached from reality.
Lebron James jumped straight onto the anti-police train within 24 hours of the Ohio police-involved shooting, where the officer saved one girl from being stabbed by another. He tweeted the picture of the officer and captioned it, “YOU’RE Next. #Accountability.” To make matters worse, he even included an hourglass emoji to signal that time is limited.
Someone like Lebron James does not understand the reality of the weight of his words and the chaos they can incite. He certainly does not understand what it is like to truly be held accountable for his actions, as removing the tweet does not count.
According to the Daily Wire, there is one LAPD officer who intends to hold James accountable for his words. Officer Deon Joseph wrote James a letter requesting that they meet to share some knowledge on policing.
Letter to James
Joseph is very respectful to James in the letter, praising him for his work with children and other various charities saying it “shows a huge heart.”
He then calls him out for his stance on police, stating it is “so off base and extreme.” He also called the tweet “irresponsible and disturbing.”
“It showed a complete lack of understanding of the challenge of our job in the heat of a moment. You basically put a target on the back of a human being who had to make a split-second decision to save a life from a deadly attack.”Officer Deon Joseph in his letter to Lebron James
An Open Invitation
Joseph also pointed out that James never apologized for his actions only “deflected.” He then invites James to have a sit down.
He implores James to “take the time to talk to a police officer instead of judging them,” even if that officer is not him. Joseph emphasizes that hate is part of the problem, not the solution.
The letter shows sincerity and honesty on the part of Joseph. Hopefully, James will take him up on his offer and open himself up to other perspectives.