The sheriff of LA County has challenged LeBron James to match the $175,000 reward offered for information leading to the arrest of the Compton gunman.
The reward was swiftly offered following Saturday night’s ambush of two sheriffs deputies – one, a 31-year-old woman, the other a 24-year-old man. Both are in hospital in a critical but stable condition, and a massive manhunt is underway for the black gunman, aged 28-30.
On Monday Alex Villanueva, sheriff of LA County, appealed to the LA Lakers basketball star – an outspoken activist and supporter of Black Lives Matter – to match the reward money.
The LA board of supervisors offered $100,000, and an additional $75,000 was donated by two private individuals.
‘This challenge is to Lebron James. I want you to match that and double that reward,’ Villanueva said, speaking on KABC Radio, on the John Phillips Show.
‘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 appreciated that. But likewise, we need to appreciate that respect for life goes across all professions.’
James, 35, is among the most vocal of athletes in his support of BLM.
He has frequently tweeted his frustrations about police shootings.
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Source: Daily Mail