LAS VEGAS, NV – Following the reactionary post made by LeBron James referencing the fatal shooting of a 16-year-old-suspect in Columbus, Ohio – O.J. Simpson (yes, that O.J. Simpson) posted a video to his personal Twitter account advising LeBron James to “be a little more patient before you comment” on such contentious police-involved shootings.
OJ Simpson says LeBron is wrong about the Columbus, Ohio police shooting & that he thinks the officer saved a life by shooting the girl with a knife. Also, OJ is against defunding the police. https://t.co/zQm5qKYcbu
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) April 22, 2021
O.J. Simpson is famous for a variety of reasons – he had a great football career between the Buffalo Bills and the San Francisco 49ers, he had some television and film appearances (most notably being his recurring role in the Naked Gun movies), and then there was that whole double-murder trial involving his ex-wife Nicole Brown and her friend Ron Goldman.
While Simpson was found to be not guilty of the 1994 fatal stabbings of Brown and Goldman, his name has become synonymous with the sentiment of getting away with murder (typically in a joking fashion).
And on April 22nd, Simpson uploaded a nearly two-minute video to Twitter that served as not only an address to LeBron James jumping to conclusions regarding the April 20th incident in Columbus, but the video also shared his general thoughts on the officer’s actions when responding to the scene that day.
"Who can make the least self-aware public statements of 2021?"
OJ: "Let me take a stab at it." https://t.co/Mbi1uoVDOC
— Edgar Allan Poe’s Law (@Cebeem) April 23, 2021
In the onset of the video, Simpson first noted that he appreciates what James has done for his community, and also shared his appreciation for why James provides commentary on some social issues:
“Tough morning, listening to all the criticism that LeBron James is getting…I’m a fan of LeBron – I admire the work that he’s done, how he’s helped his community. And how he’s helped his friends and how he’s been fighting all of these social issues. Especially systemic racism in the legal system and the police departments around our country.”
After sharing his appreciation, Simpson pointed out that people – including LeBron James – need to exercise a little more patience before jumping the gun prematurely on touchy incidents:
“But you can’t fight every battle. You got to pick your battles. It’s a war that must be fought, but sometimes, you’ve got to take your time and be a little more patient before you comment on some of these bad incidents that are happening with police departments.”
Simpson also blamed the media for being dishonest with how the bodycam footage from the incident was initially broadcast, saying that the people were at first given “edited” footage from where quick reactions spawned prematurely:
“This one, LeBron should’ve waited. 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. They made it sound as if this was another police officer overreacting – and killing a young black American.”
— O.J. Simpson (@TheRealOJ32) April 22, 2021
Simpson then went on to say that the officer had “no choice” but to shoot the armed teen during the April 20th critical incident while also decrying the notion of defunding police:
“Well, from what I saw, when I saw the whole tape, the police guy had no choice. He responded…we wished he could’ve pulled a taser, 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 that another young American would’ve had her life taken.
“And, um, I can’t fault him for what he did – I wish it was different – but I can’t fault him.
“LeBron, keep fighting the fight. I think we all got to be a little more patient. I’m against defunding the police, I just think they’ve got to redirect some of those funds to better training and maybe deal with more psychological training.”
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When it comes to LeBron James’ hot take on the officer-involved shooting in Columbus, he’s been getting a lot of flack from all corners.
Law Enforcement Today recently shared the response about James’ comments from the Jacksonville FOP.
Here’s that previous report.
JACKSONVILLE, FL – Numerous pundits, outlets, and commentators have levied a fair amount of criticism toward a now-deleted Twitter post made by LeBron James referencing the officer involved in the fatal shooting of an allegedly armed and combative juvenile in Columbus, Ohio.
James’ Twitter post shared a picture of the officer at the scene of the incident, with the words “You’re Next” captioned above the image of the officer.
Following the deletion of the original post, James addressed the outrage that was caused by him sharing the image of the officer with the ambiguous caption, providing a follow up tweet that read:
“I’m so damn tired of seeing black people killed by police. I took the tweet down because it’s being used to create more hate – This isn’t about one officer. [I]t’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
The Jacksonville, Florida Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5-30 was among those critical of James’s now-deleted Twitter post and offered the following take on James’ attempt to justify why he originally made the post:
“This is what it looks like when you neither have the courage of your convictions nor the courage to admit you were wrong.
If you think you’re sick of it LeBron James imagine what it must feel like for the human being behind the trigger forced to respond with deadly force.
Imagine what that sinking feeling in the stomach feels like in that split second you realize you’ve run out of options.
Imagine the moments after when you immediately start your path to PTSD, which begins with the second guessing of your own actions; because you know that the actions you just took will be second guessed by everyone – from your department admin, to your state attorney, to the FBI, and whatever entitled millionaire feels like tweeting about it; and despite knowing you did what was just, you had better have been better than perfect.
Can you even begin to imagine how tired you might feel then?”
The Jacksonville FOP then went on to highlight some of the real world issues associated with the stressors of policing, as well as the resiliency law enforcement officers showcase against said stressors:
“Our profession experiences one of the highest rates of addiction, divorce, suicide because on any given day our eyes are susceptible to see more than our psyche can handle but by all means, with all of your experience, please tell us your opinion.
We do an amazing job in the worst neighborhoods every single day.
Over a billion police contacts with citizens annually handled flawlessly around the nation and you chose the wrong one that demonstrates your ignorance in an almost unfathomable fashion to weigh in on.
At least admit you were wrong and apologize to the human being whose back you placed a target.
Imagine how tired that officer must feel knowing he was put in an unwinnable situation and how tired he will be for the rest of his life wondering why someone else wasn’t in his shoes.
Imagine how tired he was knowing that there are people like you who judged him, not by the content of his character, but the color of his skin.”
The final point made within the Jacksonville FOP’ post pointed out that by the time police officers get involved in a situation, chances are there have been a lot of failures enacted by culpable/present parties where those factors of “accountability” are hardly examined in the court of public opinion:
“Forgive us if we feel like accountability starts long before we arrive at the scene.
Maybe instead of playing Monday Morning Point Guard in situations where you are clearly ill equipped to address you can help identify the root causes of why these confrontations exist and address those because our involvement in nearly any situation is usually the last piece of many failures that didn’t involve us.
Well, in summary “King James” at least this time you didn’t just fail your teammates in a game that will ultimately be forgotten by the next season…you failed us all in a way many can never forget. How’s that for accountability?”
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