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A Cincinnati bar is getting national attention after they gave the National Basketball Association the heave-ho.
“If anyone wants to watch an NBA game, don’t come to Linnie’s Pub,” the pub owners wrote in a Facebook post. “We will not air them until Lebron James is expelled from the NBA.”
James, a black basketball player, has faced widespread criticism for posting a social media message threatening a white police officer.
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The race-baiting basketball player posted on Twitter the words, “YOU’RE NEXT #ACCOUNTABILITY” alongside a photo of Columbus Officer Nicholas Reardon.
Reardon shot and killed Ma’Khia Bryant while she was attempting to stab a bystander with a large knife. . The incident was captured on video — and it shows the police officer heroically saving the woman’s life.
James deleted his original tweet but did not apologize to the police officer.
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“ANGER (doesn’t do) any of us any good and that includes myself! Gathering all the facts and educating does though!” James tweeted. “My anger still is here for what happened that lil girl. My sympathy for her family and may justice prevail!
“I’m so damn tired of seeing Black people killed by police. I took the tweet down because its being used to create more hate -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.”
Could you imagine the reaction had a white basketball player threatened a black man? There would have been rioting in the streets. Cities would have burned. Stores would have been pillaged and plundered.
But, I digress.
“They just need to play the game and that’s it,” pub owner Jay Linneman told Cincinnati.com. “Their opinion doesn’t really matter. They’re using their position to push their opinions, and that’s just not right.”
The bar was inundated with plenty of haters online, but a good many people actually backed Linnie’s decision
“Wish I lived closer!! Never been a fan of basketball, but I would come to your pub faithfully!! Thank you for standing with so many Patriots across America. If we don’t back our law enforcement, this crap will continue to happen. Stand strong Lennie’s, you will be rewarded in the end!! God Bless You ALL,” one person wrote on Facebook.
Another wrote, “We live here in Atlanta and just heard your story, WE SUPPORT YOUR DECISION and are proud of you for this, The NBA sucks and so does “Queen James”. Thanks for standing up to this BS.”
James later mocked Linnie’s Pub, writing in a tweet, “Aww damn. I was headed there to watch our game tonight and have a drink. Welp.”