LeBron James has deleted a controversial tweet to his almost 50 million followers about the fatal shooting of 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant in which the NBA star said “you’re next” with a photo of officer Nicholas Reardon.
Police released bodycam footage showing the fatal police shooting of Ma’Khia, in Columbus, Ohio, before Mr James made the tweet.
In the footage, the teenager appeared to be holding a knife as she pinned another woman against a car before multiple gunshots were fired by an officer, who has since been identified as Mr Reardon.
The NBA star tweeted an explanation for his now-deleted post and said he took it down because it was “being used to create more hate”.
Republican Senator Ted Cruz slammed Mr James over the tweet and said it amounted to a “call for violence”.