On Monday, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva challenged Lakers' star, LeBron James, to match the reward for the gunman who wounded two LA County Sheriff's deputies. Villanueva said the reward money reached $175,000 through a combination of donations from the county totaling $100,000, and two private donors came up with the $75,000.
“This challenge is to Lebron James. I want you to match that and double that reward,” Villanueva said on KABC Radio's The John Philips 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,” Villanueva continued. “But likewise, we need to appreciate that respect for life goes across all professions.”
LeBron has been one of the most vocal professional athletes calling out police violence in wake of the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor - and most recently the shooting of Jacob Blake.
Villanueva concluded with, “Let’s see what he does,” adding, “I’ll be very curious to see what his response is, if any.”