LeBron James responds with shock and anger to Las Vegas Raiders tweet after Derek Chauvin verdict

Brad Sullivan
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Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James angrily expressed his shock at a controversial tweet issued by the Las Vegas Raiders’ official Twitter account about the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial.

Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer, was convicted on Tuesday for his role in the death of George Floyd last May.

The phrase “I can’t breath” has been used by the Black Lives Matter movement for years. In the past, James has worn the phrase on a shirt before games. The tweet by the Raiders struck many as heavily disrespectful.

Raiders owner Mark Davis indicated that no disrespect was intended toward Floyd and that the message was meant to convey the organization’s belief that justice had been achieved.

James has been passionately involved in social justice causes in recent years, with Floyd’s death one of the countless deaths that have struck a nerve with him.

There had been concern regarding a potential acquittal due to the NBA possibly postponing games if violence broke out. Ultimately, Chauvin was deemed guilty on all charges brought against him.

James continues to work toward returning to the court from his high ankle sprain suffered last month, though one report indicates that he may not be back for a while

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Brad is a freelance writer for LakersDaily.com, who can clearly recall watching Lakers games in 1972 as they captured the first of their 11 Los Angeles-based titles. The franchise's evolution into a beloved and iconic franchise among its fan base since that memorable year allows for a wider perspective to be a part of his writing about the team's current fortunes.