The Los Angeles County sheriff on Monday issued a challenge to LeBron James to match and double the money reward to find the gunman who shot two deputies over the weekend.
The story: Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva made the challenge during an interview with KABC Radio on the John Phillips Show on Monday. He challenged the Los Angeles Lakers star to contribute to the reward the county is offering for information about the suspect who shot and critically injured two deputies.
Villanueva said the current reward is $175,000 after two individuals donated $75,000 to add to the. The Sherrif cited LeBron’s remarks about race relations and law enforcement.
His remarks: “This challenge is to Lebron James. I want you to match that and double that reward,” Villanueva said. “I know you care about law enforcement. You expressed a very interesting statement about your perspective on race relations and on officer-involved shootings and the impact that it has on the African-American community.
“And I appreciated that. But likewise, we need to appreciate that respect for life goes across all professions,” he continued. “Let’s see what he does. I’ll be very curious to see what his response is, if any.”
As of early Tuesday, LeBron still hasn’t responded to the challenge.
How we got here:
The deputies sustained multiple gunshot wounds and underwent surgeries. The suspect is still at large and a motive still hasn’t been determined.
James has been one of the most outspoken professional athletes about social justice issues, including racism and police brutality. He has repeatedly condemned police-involved shootings of black people. Following the death of George Floyd, he posted the following message on Instagram.
After the Kenosha police shot Jacob Blake seven times in the back, James said that black people in America are “terrified” of police misconduct.
He previously tweeted: “And y’all wonder why we say what we say about the Police!! Someone please tell me WTF is this???!!! Exactly another black man being targeted. This s— is so wrong and so sad!! Feel so sorry for him, his family and OUR PEOPLE!! We want JUSTICE.”
And y’all wonder why we say what we say about the Police!! Someone please tell me WTF is this???!!! Exactly another black man being targeted. This shit is so wrong and so sad!! Feel so sorry for him, his family and OUR PEOPLE!! We want JUSTICE https://t.co/cJxOj1EZ3H
— LeBron James (@KingJames) August 24, 2020
LaCorte News. We’re a news site that won’t make you dumber
Visit the USSA News store!
Click this link for the original source of this article.
Author: Penka Arsova
This content is courtesy of, and owned and copyrighted by, https://www.lacortenews.com and its author. This content is made available by use of the public RSS feed offered by the host site and is used for educational purposes only. If you are the author or represent the host site and would like this content removed now and in the future, please contact USSANews.com using the email address in the Contact page found in the website menu.