Alex Caruso asks for justice for Breonna Taylor in response to media’s basketball questions

Alex Caruso
PORTLAND, OR – DECEMBER 28: Alex Caruso #4 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on during the game against the Portland Trail Blazers on December 28, 2019 at the Moda Center Arena in Portland, Oregon. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Cameron Browne/NBAE via Getty Images)

In his Wednesday press availability in Orlando, Los Angeles Lakers point guard Alex Caruso took the opportunity to respond to all basketball questions by saying “We need justice for Breonna Taylor.”

Caruso joins the list of several NBA players declining to answer questions and instead asking for justice for Taylor. The Denver Nuggets’ Jerami Grant was the first to do so and has been followed by the likes of the Philadelphia 76ers’ Tobias Harris and the Boston Celtics’ Marcus Smart.

On March 13th, Taylor, a Black woman, was shot and killed by three Louisville police officers asleep in her own bed when they entered the wrong home looking for someone who had already been taken into police custody. More than four months later, none of the three officers have been arrested and only one has been fired from his position.

Taylor’s case has been one of several recent similar injustices that have helped to spark an extended protest movement under the Black Lives Matter umbrella asking for justice for innocent Black people killed by the police.

Caruso has already announced that he will wear “Black Lives Matter” on his jersey in place of his name, citing the importance of being an ally and setting an example as a prominent white player in the league.

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