LeBron James tweets out support to bullying victim Keaton Jones
LeBron James has joined the litany of superstar athletes, actors, musicians, politicians and countless others who have tweeted out support to bullying victim Keaton Jones.
The young Tennessee boy is receiving widespread and inspirational amount of support in light of a video his mother posted to Facebook on Friday. In it, the middle schooler tearfully shares the heartbreaking details of the bullying he experiences at school. His mother, Kimberly Jones, recorded the video after Keaton asked her to pick him up at school because he didn’t want to go to lunch.
This is Keaton Jones, he lives in Knoxville and he has a little something to say about bullying.pic.twitter.com/coyQxFp33V
— Everything TN (@Everything_TN) December 9, 2017
James early Monday morning took to Twitter to lend his support to Jones.
Damn right! Bullies are straight up wack, corny, cowards, chumps, etc, etc! Keaton keep your head up buddy and push forward! You're the best https://t.co/pqDgay77l9
— LeBron James (@KingJames) December 11, 2017
James’ tweet was in response to teammate J.R. Smith inviting Jones, a Knoxville, Tenn., native, to a game the next time the Cleveland Cavaliers pay a visit to Memphis to play the Grizzlies.
That’s a damn shame. Keaton if your around when we play in Memphis i would love to invite you to one of our games. Head up Champ! https://t.co/Moh9ObdgX8
— JR Smith (@TheRealJRSmith) December 11, 2017
Needless to say, the response to Jones’ emotional detailing of his experiences with bullying has turned into a huge social media movement. Jones’ mother’s original Facebook post has generated over 21 million views as of Sunday. And the hashtag #StandWithKeaton is trending on Twitter.
Not only that, a fundraising page launched for Keaton’s future education had raised over $30,000, per a Cleveland.com report.