Now that a grand jury in Kentucky has indicted one of the three Louisville police officers involved in the shooting death of 26-year-old Breonna Taylor on a lesser charge, sports figures are starting to express their opinions.
Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr called the ruling "demoralizing" and "discouraging," saying, "I just keep thinking about the generation of American kids of any color. Is this way the way we want to raise them? Is this the country we want to live in?"
The NBA and WNBA have mentioned Taylor prominently in calling for social justice reform on social media and on signage inside their competition bubbles in Florida.
Members of the Phoenix Mercury, left, and Los Angeles Sparks stand for a moment of silence in honor of Breonna Taylor before a WNBA basketball game, Saturday, July 25, 2020, in Ellenton, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack) (Photo: The Associated Press)
James Wade, head coach and general manager of the WNBA's Chicago Sky, said the decision — which failed to mention Taylor and did not charge the other two officers in the shooting — was "really bad," adding, "I don’t understand what we stand for and why life doesn’t mean anything."
The only charges handed down by the grand jury were for wanton endangerment related to former detective Brett Hankison shooting into an apartment next door to Taylor's. The other two officers' use of force was justified, state Attorney General Daniel Cameron said at a news conference.
Atlanta Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce called the decision "hard to comprehend and hard to understand."
Los Angeles Chargers running back Justin Jackson said the fact that no officers were charged directly in Taylor's death showed "exactly the systemic rot that people are protesting for." He added: "Angry doesn't even come close to how im feeling."
Breonna Taylor’s killers getting off scot free without even a trial is exactly the systemic rot that people are protesting for. All those protests, all the outcry for justice, and can’t even get a trial. Angry doesn’t even come close to how im feeling. #BreonnaTaylor
Former Louisville basketball star Donovan Mitchell, now with the Utah Jazz, said he's "praying for the city of Louisville right now!!!"
I don’t have many words right now…. but all I can say is I’m praying for the city of Louisville right now!!! 😔😔
Contributing: Mark Medina, USA TODAY
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