Former US President, Donald Trump has slammed NBA star, LeBron James, over his comments on police shootings in the country.
James had deleted a Twitter post regarding the fatal police shooting of a 16-year-old Black girl in his home state of Ohio, later explaining he seeks greater accountability.
The Los Angeles Lakers star had removed a Wednesday tweet that showed a photo of the police officer, who is white, with the words “YOU’RE NEXT #ACCOUNTABILITY.”
Body camera footage released by the Columbus, Ohio, police department showed the girl was swinging a knife at another person before the shots were fired.
After James removed his tweet, he posted more messages to explain the decision.
“I’m so damn tired of seeing Black people killed by police,” James posted on Twitter.
“I took the tweet down because it’s 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.”
James also said anger was the wrong response to such situations.
“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!” he tweeted.
But in a statement on Thursday, Trump took a swipe at the NBA star, asking him to focus on basketball rather than “presiding over the destruction of the NBA”.
He wrote: “LeBron James should focus on basketball rather than presiding over the destruction of the NBA, which has just recorded the lowest television RATINGS, by far, in the long and distinguished history of the League,” he said.
“His RACIST rants are divisive, nasty, insulting, and demeaning. He may be a great basketball player, but he is doing nothing to bring our Country together!”