LeBron James Calls out Social Injustice after Ahmoud Arbery's Death: 'We're Hunted Every Day'

LeBron James has joined the growing chorus demanding justice for Ahmaud Arbery, black man who was killed while out jogging in Georgia almost three months ago.

Arbery was shot dead on February 23 in a neighborhood just outside Brunswick at the age of 25. Video of the shooting, however, only emerged this week and was posted to social media on Tuesday, causing worldwide outrage.

"We're literally hunted every day [and] every time we step foot outside the comfort of our homes," James wrote on Twitter on Wednesday night.

"Can't even go for a damn jog man! Like WTF man are you kidding me?! No man for real, are you kidding me! I'm sorry Ahmaud (Rest In Paradise) and my prayers and blessings sent to the."

Footage shows the victim jogging down a residential street, before a pickup truck pulls up in front of him. The video, which was filmed by a person in a vehicle behind the truck, then shows a man get out of the driver's side door armed with a shotgun, before confronting Arbery.

Gunshots can be heard as the two appear to wrestle for the gun, before another man gets out from the bed of the truck brandishing a revolver. Two more gunshots can be heard, before Arbery briefly staggers and then falls face-first onto the asphalt as the clip ends.

The men in the footage have been identified as former law enforcement officer Gregory McMichael, 64, and his 34-year-old son, Travis. According to a police report, obtained by The New York Times, the duo said they believed Arbery matched the description of a suspect alleged to have been involved in several break-ins in the local area and believed he may have been armed.

Neither man was arrested in connection to the shooting.

On Wednesday, Georgia district attorney Tom Durden indicated he will ask a grand jury to decide if charges should be brought forward after video of Arbery's killing emerged.

According to The New York Times, George E. Barnhill, one of the prosecutors previously assigned to the case, told the police there was not probable cause to arrest the McMichaels as their actions were legal under the state's citizen arrest, open carry and self-defense laws.

Throughout his career, James has openly spoken out on social issues and has previously condemned the treatment Americans for minority backgrounds are subject to.

FOX Sports anchor Jason Whitlock, however, criticized James' latest comments, suggesting the three-time NBA champion was purely interested in building his own personal brand as opposed to draw attention to social issues.

"This isn't helpful. It's twitter trolling," Whitlock tweeted.

"It's using this man's tragedy to build a brand as more outspoken than Michael Jordan. There are all kinds of ways to draw attention to this tragedy. Suggesting that we are hunted everyday/every time is just s**t-stirring."

Whitlock is no stranger to delivering controversial takes on James. In February last year, he suggested the reason behind the Los Angeles Lakers' struggles was James being an only child.

"LeBron James is no misfit, he's an only child and an extremely talented one," he said as the Lakers slumped to a 27-27 record.

"Those two facts explain the current dysfunctional state of the Los Angeles Lakers."

Since entering the league in 2003, James has won three NBA titles, three NBA Finals MVP and four MVP titles and has established himself as one of the greatest player in basketball history.

Whitlock, however, insisted the 35-year-old had a penchant for creating toxic environments.

"He can create dysfunction with a single tweet," he continued.

"There's a toxic environment around LeBron James. Coaches routinely get fired, teammates are routinely discarded and cities are routinely abandoned."

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LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers handles the ball in a game against the Philadelphia 76ers during the second half at Staples Center on March 3 in Los Angeles, California. Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty
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