AceShowbiz - LeBron James was under fire for his response to the situation regarding Tyre Nichols, who died after being brutally beaten by police officers. The Los Angeles Lakers player took to Twitter to weigh in on the controversy.
In one of his posts, the NBA star retweeted a post from an MSNBC analyst that read, "What's really clear about some of the reaction to the murder of #TyreNichols is that we've failed to fully understand race and it's construction as a systemic tool. The entire system of policing sees the Black body as a problem. No matter who pulls the trigger." In response, James tweeted, "TOO FACTUAL."
In a separate tweet, he added, "WE ARE OUR OWN WORSE ENEMY!!!" He seemingly referred to the fact that the officers are black.
Fans quickly reacted to James' post with anger. "He never moved past page 6 in that Malcolm's book," one person replied. Another fan added, "You talking about the lakers? Because if you talking about this current situation bruh nah. Wrong time."
"Read the room!" one other urged. "Yeah you still on page 1 of his book," another fan said alongside a picture of the athlete holding the Malcolm X autobiography book.
James wasn't the only star who reacted to Tyre's tragic death. Tyler Perry wrote on Instagram, "Many people can't imagine it happening to them because honestly, it never will. I was determined to see what that space felt like for once, I would cover my ears and not let in the outside."
Justin Timberlake, who was born in Memphis, shared in a tweet that he was heartbroken and angry. "I stand with my hometown and the people of Memphis as we demand justice and accountability," he wrote.
Nichols died earlier this month after he was beaten by Memphis Police Department officers during a traffic stop in Tennessee. A body camera and surveillance video of the January 7 stop which was released on Friday, January 27 featured the beating that led to the 29-year-old's hospitalization and death from his injuries.
The footage also saw Nichols telling the officers, "I'm just trying to get home," and screaming for his mother. The five police officers, who had been fired, were charged with murder.