The NBA superstar tweeted his response to the bar owner who announced the ban on Lebron James‘ games after he spoke out against the recent police shooting in Columbus, Ohio.
What We Know:
- Jay Linneman is the owner of Linnie’s Pub in Cincinnati, Ohio. On April 21, Linnieman posted on Facebook his displeasure with James voicing his political opinion. In response, he announced that his bar would no longer be showing any games featuring James until he’s removed from the league.
- “If anyone wants to watch an NBA game, don’t come to Linnie’s Pub,” Linnieman wrote in his post. Linnieman is tired of athletes speaking on political issues. “They just need to play the game, and that’s it,” he stated. Linnieman continued by saying athletes’ opinions don’t matter and that they’re only using their platforms to push an agenda. In response, James sarcastically tweeted that he was on his way to Linnie’s pub that night.
Aww Damn! I was headed there to watch our game tonight and have a drink! Welp. 🥴 https://t.co/RRfRksjckM
— LeBron James (@KingJames) April 24, 2021
- In a since-deleted tweet, James shared a photo of Nicholas Reardon, the officer involved in the fatal shooting of Ma’Khia Bryant. He shared the photo along with the caption, “you’re next #accountability.” He explained why he deleted the tweet, saying he needed to learn all the facts first.
- James continued saying his tweet was being used to spread hate and expressed his anger with the ongoing police violence. “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,” said James.
- Former President Donald Trump was quick to criticize James’s statements. He called James’ words divisive, nasty, insulting, and demeaning,” saying the star was doing nothing to unite the country. In a statement from his office, Trump said James should “focus on basketball rather than presiding over the destruction of the NBA.”
James has been an avid supporter of racial justice, often voicing his support for the Black Lives Matter movement. The 17x All-Star is the NBA’s reigning Finals MVP after the Los Angeles Lakers won the NBA Championship last season.
Former NFL Champ Nate Burleson joins CBS Mornings
Former NFL player Nate Burleson has officially made his hosting debut on the newly branded morning talk show, CBS Mornings.
What We Know:
- It was announced earlier this month that Burleson would replace Anthony Mason. Previously Mason joined Gayle King and Tony Doukoupil as host of the former CBS This Morning. The show was rebranded in tandem to the relocation of their set to Times Square and Burleson joining the cast.
- Since 2017, former NFL player Burleson has been the host of Good Morning Football on the NFL Network and has served as an analyst on The NFL Today on CBS. Burleson will continue his role on The NFL Today.
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- Burleson is the second former NFL player to join a network morning TV show, with Michael Strahan playing a major role as a co-host on ABC‘s Good Morning America.
Burleson credits Michael Strahan as the ‘blueprint’ for his career path, explaining, “He’s one of those individuals that I took a liking to once I retired because he rewrote the blueprint. I don’t want to say that he is the blueprint, because there has been plenty of players that have transitioned out of the game into TV. There have been African American men and women before him that have done the same thing, but he is a guy that has shown me the lay of the land, especially being a transplant from the West Coast to now New York.”
Classes canceled at Howard University as US Government investigates ransomware cyberattack
Howard University officials along with leading cyber experts are trying to assess what has been compromised in an active ransomware, cyberattack on the HBCU campus. Officials have deemed the attack criminal.
What We Know:
- Monday, the university issued a statement to faculty and students that “the service disruption was caused by a ransomware cyberattack against the university.”
- Classes have been canceled for Tuesday and Wednesday. Students have been notified that online and hybrid classes will remain canceled and only essential staff will be allowed on campus. All in-person undergraduate, graduate, professional, and clinical experiential courses will resume as scheduled on Wednesday.
- A ransomware attack can be triggered by simple, everyday activity. Opening a unintended link inside of can lead to a cyberattack. Computer, tablet and phone users are encouraged to change their passwords and security questions regularly.
Howard University is home to several notable high profile Black alumni such as Chadwick Boseman and Phylicia Rashad.
Polo G Reportedly Arrested in Los Angeles on Concealed Weapon Charge
Polo G was arrested on in Los Angeles on Monday, TMZ reports.
What We Know:
According to the outlet, Polo G was arrested after police allegedly found a concealed firearm on the Hall of Fame rapper, which TMZ points out is a felony. The supposed discovery of the firearm occurred when a vehicle Polo G was a passenger in was stopped.
It’s currently unclear why the vehicle was pulled over in the first place but it was reported that a male juvenile was also detained during the stop.
Polo was similarly arrested while he was in Miami for his Hall of Fame album release party. The arrest, which took place back in June, resulted in the rapper getting hit with charges of of battery on a police officer, resisting arrest with violence, and criminal mischief. The rapper was also a passenger in a vehicle at the time of that arrest.