John Kennedy calls out LeBron James in U.S. Capitol for recently deleted tweet

Robert Marvi
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Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James is one of the most visible social activists in all of sports, but it has also opened him up to lots of criticism.

Republican senator John Kennedy posted a tweet and a video scolding James for his tweet about an Ohio police officer who shot and killed a Black teen.

During the incident in question, the Black teen who was shot was apparently about to stab another individual. It’s an open debate whether the officer was right to use deadly force on her.

James’ controversial tweet came on the heels of a much less controversial tweet in which he showed his gratitude over Derek Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer, being found guilty for murdering George Floyd, a Black man.

The four-time MVP has been outspoken about social and racial issues in recent years. Although he has received his share of criticism for having the chutzpah to speak out on such issues, he has also been applauded by many.

James is currently rehabbing from a severely sprained ankle. He is hoping to return to the Lakers’ lineup before the end of the regular season and help them win a second straight NBA championship this summer.

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Robert is a native of Santa Monica, Calif., and a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has been an avid NBA fan since he was a little kid in the mid '90s and fell in love with the Nick Van Exel-led Lakers teams. He truly cherishes the Kobe Bryant-era of Lakers basketball and the five world championships that came with it, and is looking forward to the team's next NBA title.