Speaking with KABC Radio on the John Phillips Show, Villanueva said the reward money reached $175,000 — a combination of donations of $100,000 from the county and $75,000 from two private individuals.
“This challenge is to Lebron James. I want you to match that and double that reward,” Villanueva said. “I know you care about law enforcement. You expressed a very interesting statement about your perspective on race relations and on officer-involved shootings and the impact that it has on the African-American community.
“And y’all wonder why we say what we say about the Police!! Someone please tell me WTF is this???!!! “This s— [sic] is so wrong and so sad!! We want JUSTICE.”
It was not clear if James was aware of Villanuena’s challenge.
“Let’s see what he does,” the sheriff said. “I’ll be very curious to see what his response is, if any.”