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GoFundMe page for police officer suspended over video mocking LeBron James has raised over $215,000

Washington Examiner logo Washington Examiner 4/30/2021 Andrew Mark Miller
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A GoFundMe page for an Idaho police officer who went viral mocking LeBron James has raised over $200,000.

Police officer Nate Silvester was suspended for posting the viral video mocking the NBA superstar's response to the shooting death of 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant earlier this month, and the fundraising page launched to support him has raised $222,191 in just two days.

“The recent viral TikTok video of a cop calling out Lebron James has cost the cop, my best friend in the world, Officer Nate Silvester a suspension without pay,” the page’s organizer, Gannon Ward, wrote. “He’s still got his job for now, but apparently the town where he polices didn’t find his TikTok as amazingly comical, and accurate as the 4.5 million viewers did, including some major news networks.”

Ward continues, "The future is uncertain. I just don’t want to see my friend lose out on any money for this, when it was meant to be satirical, and to point out an obvious flaw in Lebron’s logic. Please donate what you can contribute. Every dollar helps! Thanks!!”

Almost 7,000 people have contributed financially to the page as of Friday afternoon.

“Dispatch, I've arrived at that disturbance. Will you have LeBron call my cellphone right away, please? Thank you," Silvester says in the video, pretending to respond to a fictional stabbing incident.

Silvester then pretends to ask for James’s advice on how to proceed and engages in a hypothetical dialogue back and forth before calling Michael Jordan a better basketball player than him.

The video was posted in response to James threatening a Columbus, Ohio, police officer who shot Bryant as she attempted to stab another person.

“YOU’RE NEXT,” the Los Angeles Lakers star tweeted, along with a picture of the officer who shot Bryant. The picture was posted shortly after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of murdering George Floyd.

James later deleted the tweet after receiving backlash from those who pointed out that the officer has been credited with saving the life of the woman Bryant was attacking.

Tags: News, LeBron James, Police

Original Author: Andrew Mark Miller

Original Location: GoFundMe page for police officer suspended over video mocking LeBron James has raised over $215,000


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