LeBron James has become the internet’s enemy after tweeting (and then removing) a picture of the cop who killed Ma’Khia Bryant.
Now, the owner of a bar in Cincinnati, Ohio, has declared that he will not show another NBA game until Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James is “expelled” from the league. Jay Linneman, the owner, also seems to be unconcerned about mask laws.
Linne’s Pub in Delhi Township made the announcement on Facebook on Wednesday, April 21.
By then, James, a four-time NBA champion, had been chastised by many, including Donald Trump, for allegedly threatening violence against the Columbus police officer in a tweet.
😱 Un bar ‘anti-LeBron James’ a Ohio
❌ El propietari del Linnie’s Pub de Cincinnati, Jay Linneman, ha assegurat que no emetran cap partit de l’#NBA fins que LeBron no sigui “expulsat” de la lliga
Jay Linneman wrote on Facebook, “If anyone wants to watch an NBA game, don’t come to Linnie’s Pub,”
“We will not air them until Lebron James has been expelled from the NBA.”
He also seems to believe that basketball players don’t need to shout their opinions from the rooftops and that their opinions don’t matter.
When speaking to the Cincinnati Enquirer, he actually put the comment into words: “They just need to play the game and that’s it,” he said. “Their opinion doesn’t really matter. They’re using their position to push their opinions, and that’s just not right.”
He also said that if a high-ranking government official made similar remarks, such as former President Donald Trump or President Joe Biden, there would be calls for “impeachment.”
Linneman spoke out against Governor Mike DeWine’s mandatory mask ordinance last July, during the most critical stages of the coronavirus, saying, “We’re okay with people wearing a mask. But we certainly can’t police that.”
Although he stated that he did not want to enforce the mandate, he did state that if people were not wearing it, he would presume they were doing so for legitimate medical reasons. Linneman said, “It’s deterring people from going to bars and restaurants. There are no exclusions written in this rule as of yesterday for someone to even take that mask off and lift a can of beer or a fork to their mouth,”
“And when you have a mandate that leads to possible jail time, these kinds of things need to be spelled out.”