Twitter is refusing to judge a LeBron James tweet that some believe contained a veiled threat against the Ohio police officer who shot a 16-year-old black girl, saying the NBA superstar’s decision to delete the post left its hands tied.
“Our teams are unable to evaluate Tweets that have been deleted since they no longer exist on our service,” a Twitter spokesperson told the Washington Examiner on Thursday.
James tweeted a photo Wednesday of Ohio police officer Nicholas Reardon, who shot Ma’Khia Bryant after she charged at two people with a knife, with the caption, “YOU’RE NEXT #ACCOUNTABILITY.” Although a video of the incident appears to show that Reardon stopped Bryant moments before she stabbed an unidentified female, James and others have questioned his actions.
James was hit with an eruption of criticism for “inciting violence” at a time when riots have reached a powder-keg situation across the country and questions on whether Twitter would take action. James subsequently deleted the tweet.