After a video surfaced earlier this week that showed the final moments leading up to the fatal shooting by two white men of Ahmaud Arbery – an unarmed black man who was simply out for a run – Los Angeles Lakers star Lebron James took to Twitter to express his anger.
James voiced his outrage, and he wants justice for Arbery. The NBA star is also livid about the treatment of black men in America, and he is furious that people of color can’t feel safe when they leave their homes. According to Arbery’s family, the 25-year-old was out jogging when two men – 64-year-old Gregory McMichael and his 34-year-old son, Travis – chased him down in a Georgia neighborhood and shot him.
We’re literally hunted EVERYDAY/EVERYTIME we step foot outside the comfort of our homes! Can’t even go for a damn jog man! Like WTF man are you kidding me?!?!?!?!?!? No man fr ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!!!! I’m sorry Ahmaud(Rest In Paradise) and my prayers and blessings sent to the….. pic.twitter.com/r1PNxs8Vgn
— LeBron James (@KingJames) May 6, 2020
“We’re literally hunted EVERYDAY/EVERYTIME we step foot outside the comfort of our homes! Can’t even go for a damn jog man! Like WTF man are you kidding me?!?!?!?!?!? No man fr ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!!!! I’m sorry Ahmaud (Rest In Paradise) and my prayers and blessings sent to the… heavens above to your family,” James tweeted.
James also posted a picture of Arbery along with a message as if the victim wrote it himself. It read: “I was murdered by an armed father and son who hunted me down and shot me as I jogged in a Georgia neighborhood. Neither of my killers have been charged. My name is Amhaud Arbery.”
According to CBS News, Arbery was jogging through a neighborhood in Brunswick, Georgia, when Gregory and Travis McMichael allegedly confronted Arbery before Travis shot him twice with a shotgun.
The police report reveals that Gregory McMichael – a former law enforcement officer – told the cops that he thought Arbery was a burglary suspect and ordered him to stop running. He also claims that Arbery “violently attacked” Travis and the two fought “over the shotgun” before Travis shot Arbery twice and killed him.
— Brynn (@pcbrynn) May 8, 2020
The incident happened on February 23rd, but the case was shuffled around different prosecutor’s offices in Georgia since McMichael had previously worked for the local district attorney, causing conflict of interest.
More than two months later – and after the video surfaced – police finally arrested Gregory and Travis McMichael and charged them both with murder and aggravated assault. They have been arrested and taken into custody at the Glynn County Jail.
“He was out for his daily jog and he was hunted down like an animal and killed,” said Ahmaud Arbery’s mother, Wanda Jones. “I’m hoping that all involved, they’re indicted and they go to jail.”
May 8th would have been Ahmaud Arbery’s 26th birthday, and to honor him and his memory people all over the country are running 2.23 miles.