LeBron James’ deleted tweet has sparked calls for him to be banned from Twitter.
The basketball player caused outrage when he shared a photograph of a Columbus police officer who was on the scene during Ma’Khia Bryant’s killing.
He captioned it: “You’re next. #accountability.”
However, he then swiftly deleted it over concerns that it was being used ‘to create more hate’.
Explaining his reasoning, he said: “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.”
But not everybody agreed with his posts.
One person hit back, saying: “Ok. What about the accountability of parents who are raising kids that think stabbing people is OK? How about an apology to the officer who saved a black girl’s life? Good tweet but more would be helpful. You have a ton of influence.”
Others called for him to be removed from the platform.
One person wrote: “If any conservative influencer, politician, or regular Joe had of made the tweet LeBron James did they would be INDEFINITELY SUSPENDED on Twitter… Period.”
Another added: “When is LeBron James getting suspended for doing what countless others have been suspended for?”
Some even called for him to lose his huge sponsorship deals for showing ‘hate towards police’.
One person wrote: “Remember when the sponsors dumped Tiger Woods? He is a conservative. Will the sponsors dump LeBron James for his radical tweet of hate towards police?”