LeBron James, Lakers react to grand jury decision on Breonna Taylor’s death

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July 30, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, USA; LeBron James #23 and Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers in a Black Lives Matter Shirt kneel with their teammates during the national anthem prior to the game against the LA Clippers at The Arena at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on July 30, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Mandatory Credit: Mike Ehrmann/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Sports

Today, LeBron James, the Lakers, the NBA, and America reacted to news out of Louisville, KY regarding the grand jury’s decision on the investigation into possible police misconduct connected to the murder of Breonna Taylor that happened during a raid on a home that Taylor was sleeping in. The raid happened in March, with a decision finally happening today. There were no charges against the police officers involved related to Breonna Taylor’s murder, but instead, one of the three officers received three felony counts of wanton endangerment for shots that were fired by him that made contact with neighboring apartments. The other two officers received no charges against them, as it was decided that the officers acted appropriately in response to a gunshot fired at them from a man who was in the same room as the sleeping Breonna at the time. To read more about the entire situation, click here.

As I said, many Lakers players reacted to the news, as they and many players in the NBA have been advocating for justice for Taylor. Taylor’s family did not receive proper justice, leaving a bad taste in the mouths of Alex Caruso, Danny Green, and especially LeBron James.

I’ve been lost for words today! I’m devastated, hurt, sad, mad! We want Justice for Breonna yet justice was met for her neighbors apartment walls and not her beautiful life. Was I surprised at the verdict. Absolutely not but damnit I was & still am hurt and heavy hearted! I send

After sending his condolences to Breonna Taylor’s family, LeBron exclaimed that there’s no one more disrespected in America than a Black woman.

The NBA has been actively trying to keep the conversation around police brutality and social justice in the limelight. Breonna Taylor has been a huge part of it, as NBA players have wanted to keep her name in the news to try and get justice for her. Danny Green has been probably the most prominent Laker to do this, bringing her and other Black victims of police brutality up at the beginning of every media appearance he has had.

R.I.P. Breonna Taylor.

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