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LeBron James Rips Las Vegas Raiders for 'I Can Breathe' Tweet: 'The F--k!!!!'

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistApril 21, 2021

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James reacts during an NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors in San Francisco, Monday, March 15, 2021. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Jeff Chiu/Associated Press

NBA superstar LeBron James criticized the NFL's Las Vegas Raiders for posting an image that read "I Can Breathe" after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty for the murder of George Floyd on Tuesday. 

LeBron James @KingJames

This is real???? Nah man this ain’t it at all. The F^%K!!!! 🤦🏾‍♂️ https://t.co/f44D7OQWfo

Raiders owner Mark Davis told ESPN's Paul Gutierrez the comment "meant no disrespect" and would leave the tweet up because he felt it's the right message to send.

"I felt that was a powerful statement," Davis said. "Today was a day where I can breathe, and we can all breathe again because justice was served. But we have a lot of work to do still on social justice and police brutality."

Davis explained to Gutierrez he felt it was a similar message to one delivered by Floyd's brother, Philonise Floyd, who told reporters after the verdict: "Today, we are able to breathe again."

The post was met with sharp backlash, however, and questions were raised about why it wasn't deleted.

James had previously reacted to the murder conviction with a single word:

LeBron James @KingJames

ACCOUNTABILITY

Meanwhile, the NFL was among the leagues and teams to release statements, and it pledged to "continue to help move our society toward a more equal and just tomorrow":

NFL @NFL

https://t.co/kzpcKfa6fk

Davis had released a statement last June amid the ongoing protests against racial injustice and police brutality following Floyd's murder at age 46:

Las Vegas Raiders @Raiders

https://t.co/dM4cuyGaRY

It's unclear whether the NFL has been in contact with the Raiders about the Twitter post.

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