LeBron James Says 'Y'all See the Setup?'—Shares Video of Woman Being Denied Right to Vote

LeBron James has criticized an incident in which a woman was seemingly denied her right to vote in New York City, describing it as a "setup."

The footage, which was first shared on Twitter by an account called "Fifty Shades of Whey" on Monday and has racked up more than 5 million views, shows a woman standing in line to vote at the Helen Marshall Cultural Center at Borough Hall, Queens.

As the video begins, the woman can be heard complaining to a man, who is recording the footage, that she might not be allowed into the polling station.

"She was in the line at 4 p.m., I saw her in the line. They told her everything was closed because it was 4 p.m., but she got here and it was 4 p.m. and they told her she couldn't vote. She's the last person in the line. She's been standing out in the rain for 20 minutes. All they need to do is let her vote," the man says.

Woman in NYC is denied her right to vote despite arriving on time & waiting on line pic.twitter.com/sJ3sLkoYtU

— Fifty Shades of Whey (@davenewworld_2) November 2, 2020

James retweeted the video, captioning it: "Y'all see the setup right?"

Through the "More Than a Vote" initiative, which he launched alongside former first lady Michelle Obama, the Los Angeles Lakers star campaigned to encourage voting in the November 3 election.

The campaign also aimed to address voter suppression and misinformation targeted predominantly towards black voters.

Y’all see the setup right???!!! 🤦🏾‍♂️🤦🏾‍♂️🤦🏾‍♂️🤦🏾‍♂️ https://t.co/CdcvjHlwGH

— LeBron James (@KingJames) November 3, 2020

Early voting in New York City was allowed between October 24 and November 1, with sites closing at 4 p.m. on weekends. In the video, the woman and the man who is filming her both acknowledge that she should not have been allowed in had she arrived after 4 p.m. At that time, however, she was already reported to be standing in line.

"If it's literally 4 p.m. you get here, you can vote," she says.

As the queue moves along, the few people ahead of the woman are allowed into the polling station, but when she approaches the door a policeman moves to shut the door in front of her.

The woman tries to keep the door open and enter the site, but the voter directly in front of the woman shuts it behind him, prompting the man who filmed the video to protest.

"She was in line at 4 p.m., you have to let her in," he says.

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LeBron James, #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers, warms up prior to the start of Game Six of the 2020 NBA Finals against the Miami Heat at AdventHealth Arena at the ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on October 11 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The Lakers defeated the Heat to win a first NBA title in 10 years. Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty