L.A. Lakers star LeBron James was challenged by Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva to match and double the reward for bringing the suspect who ambushed two deputies in Compton over the weekend to justice.
Villanueva called out the NBA star and Black Lives Matter supporter on Monday when he stated,
"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 appreciate that. But likewise, we need to appreciate that respect for life goes across all professions."
Since the death of George Floyd, who died while in police custody in Minneapolis in late May, James has been an outspoken critic of law enforcement. James took to Twitter following the shooting of Jacob Blake, who got in a scuffle with officers after they sought to apprehend him over allegations of sexual assault in Wisconsin, saying,
"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**t is so wrong and so sad!! Feel so sorry for him, his family and OUR PEOPLE!! We want JUSTICE."
He later stated, "We are scared as black people in America. Black men, black women, black kids. We are, we are terrified."
However, James remains silent over the unprovoked ambush shooting of the two L.A. deputies, who are both hospitalized due to their injuries. Sheriff Villanueva is anxiously awaiting James' reaction to his challenge, saying "Let's see what he does. I'll be very curious to see what his response is, if any."