Jake Bequette, a former New England Patriots player turned Army Ranger, told "Fox & Friends" Thursday that a tweet sent by NBA star LeBron James Wednesday is dangerous on several levels, warning that leftism has "taken over" almost every single sector of American life.
James came under heavy fire on Wednesday night for sharing a photo of the police officer involved in a Columbus, Ohio, shooting and wrote, "YOU'RE NEXT. #ACCOUNTABILITY." The officer in question was captured on video in the aftermath of the fatal shooting of knife-wielding 16-year-old Ma'Khia Bryant on Tuesday.
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Bequette, who played for the Patriots from 2012 to 2015, said that the left is intent on taking over all factions of American society as we know it.
When asked why he believes tweets and public statements like that from James are becoming "increasingly prevalent," Bequette explained that sports and the U.S. military "represent the 'final frontier' of meritocracy, patriotism, and institutions of traditional American values, which the left is intent on subverting."
"They're not gonna stop until they've taken over everything," he warned.
He also said that politics in sports and the military is a "tragedy" and said that those on professional sports teams and those serving in the military need to focus on the greater message: winning.
"We have to train our military with that perspective and focus, not these woke leftist ideologies that have no place on the battlefield or on the playing field," he added.
James deleted the offending post following the backlash and later attempted to explain his thought process behind it.
"ANGER does any of us any good and that includes myself!" he wrote. "Gathering all the facts and educating does though! My anger still is here for what happened that lil girl. My sympathy for her family and may justice prevail!"
He added, "I'm so damn tired of seeing Black people killed by police. I took the tweet down because its being used to create more hate — This isn't about one officer. it's about the entire system and they always use our words to create more racism. I am so desperate for more ACCOUNTABILITY."