NBA star Lebron James deleted a tweet on Wednesday that demonized a police officer who saved a black girl from getting stabbed after it sparked widespread backlash.
On Tuesday, a Columbus police officer shot a black girl who was using a knife to attack another girl.
James tweeted out a photograph of the police officer, saying, "YOU'RE NEXT. #ACCOUNTABILITY." James also included an emoji of an hourglass that is used to signify that time is running out.
Interim police chief of Columbus Michael Woods said that the body camera video of the incident showed "the female with the knife" was "attempting to stab" another girl, which led to the officer shooting the attacker.
Sports commentator Jason Whitlock was among those who responded to James's tweet.
James also received negative backlash from a multitude of people on Twitter.