THE ANGELS – Vanessa Bryant, the widow of the late NBA superstar Kobe Bryant, has criticized Los Angeles County Sheriff for challenging current Lakers star LeBron James to match a reward offered in a weekend shooting of two lawmakers.
Sheriff Alex Villanueva suggested in an interview Monday that James should double the $ 175,000 reward offered for information leading to the attacker’s arrest.
“This is a challenge for LeBron James,” Villanueva told 790KABC in a radio interview. “I want you to combine that and double that award. Because I know they care about law enforcement. You have made a very, very interesting statement about your point of view on racial relations and the shooting of officers, and the impact it has on the African-American community, and I appreciate that. But in the same way we must appreciate that respect for life spreads in different professions, in competitions, in religions. And I̵
As of Tuesday afternoon, LeBron James did not comment on Sheriff Vilanueva’s interview.
Vanessa Bryant, who is suing the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department after lawmakers allegedly shared photos of the helicopter crash site where Kobe, daughter Jana and seven others responded to their story on Instagram.
Bryant included screenshots of tweets from a Twitter user named @ElanMaree, including one that reads:
“He shouldn’t challenge LeBron James to find a reward or” climb to the plate. ” He couldn’t even “step on the plate” and make his deputies responsible for photographing dead children. “
Another tweet questioned how Sheriff Villanueva could ask athletes and others to trust the criminal justice system when “his sheriff’s department. one cannot be trusted to secure the crash site of Kobe Bryant’s helicopter. “
Bryant also included a quote from Mayor Eric Garcetti condemning the shooting of the two MPs, adding the message: “Not all MPs are bad apples. Prayers for the two shot MPs. “
Both lawmakers were shot in the head as they sat in their patrol car near Compton Subway Station over the weekend.
According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office, protesters blocked the entrance and exit of the hospital’s emergency department, where lawmakers were being treated Saturday night, and at least one shouted “We hope they die.”
The officers were put in stable condition on Monday and are expected to survive.
KTLA contributed to this report.
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