NBA star Lebron James spoke out regarding the murder of Ahmaud Arbery on Wednesday (May 6). James took to Twitter to express his sentiments regarding the murder.
“We’re literally hunted EVERYDAY/EVERYTIME we step foot outside the comfort of our homes!” James tweeted. “Can’t even go for a damn jog man!”
“Like WTF man are you kidding me?!?!?!?! No man fr ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!!!!” James continued. “I’m sorry Ahmaud (Rest In Paradise) and my prayers and blessing to the heavens above to your family.” Lebron James also hashtagged “stay woke” and “profiled cause we are simply black.”
Ahmaud Arbery’s murder has been making headlines, as a video of it has been circulating on social media. The “short and shocking” video, as the New York Times, describes it, was “taken from the perspective of a vehicle following a young black man running at a jogger’s pace.”
The jogger featured in the video was Ahmaud Arbery, 25. He approached a pickup truck that was parked in the street. Two white men, one outside the vehicle with a shotgun, 34-year-old Travis McMichael, and the other, Travis’ father, 64-year-old Gregory McMichael, standing in the flatbed.
Travis and Gregory had reportedly chased Arbery, as NBC News reports, and blocked his path at another location, at which point the 25-year-old had turned around and jogged in another direction to avoid them.
The video shows that when the McMichaels encounter Arbery there’s an immediate altercation. Arbery and Travis fight for control of Travis’ shotgun, and then shots are fired. Arbery attempts to run away. However, he’s clearly wounded and his knees buckle. Arbery collapsed to the ground, and the video ends. The incident transpired in Brunswick, Georgia, on February 23.
On Friday (May 8), supporters will gather virtually to mourn Arbery, by putting on their sneakers and posting on social media to say #IRunWithMaud. Lebron James also isn’t the only celebrity to speak out regarding Arbery’s murder. Actress Gabrielle Dennis also took to Twitter and Instagram to express her sentiments regarding it.
“The level of pain I have from watching that disturbing LYNCHING video is unexplainable. The way this mans life was STOLEN is a real nightmare for my people and as long as racists like Gregory & Travis McMichael go unpunished we never get to wake up from it! #JusticeForAhmaud,” Dennis tweeted.
“I have been struggling with this all day because it HURTS!!! I was able to stop shaking and find some info on ways to help get justice for Ahmaud and have included them. I have already signed the petition and will make calls tomorrow and pray that you can also help contribute to this movement in any way. HIS MURDERERS SHOULD NOT STILL BE WALKING THE STREETS!!! His murderers are Gregory McMichael and Travis McMichael #LockeThemUp”
Rapper T.I. has also spoken out regarding Arbery’s murder. The rapper shared a meme on Instagram that urges people to contact the Liberty County District Attorney to demand that the McMichaels are charged with Arbery’s murder.