LeBron James is active in the Western Conference finals with the Los Angeles Lakers at “The Bubble” in Orlando. (Mark J. Terrill)
Athletes in the United States reacted disappointed and annoyed after the Kentucky prosecutor's office on Wednesday ruled out charging the police officers involved in the March death of African-American Breonna Taylor with murder, indicting an agent on minor charges that are not directly related to the death of the young woman.
The news generated strong outrage on the streets of Louisville (Kentucky), the city where the 26-year-old was shot dead on March 13 after three white police officers entered her home to carry out a search warrant. in search of narcotics, which they did not find.
Here are reactions from NBA, WNBA and NFL athletes.
LeBron James – star of the Los Angeles Lakers
“The least respected person on earth is THE BLACK WOMAN! I promise you that I will do my best to change this as much as I can and even more! LOVE to you, QUEENS of all this country and beyond! “
“I am speechless today! I am devastated, hurt, sad, angry! We want justice for Breonna, but justice was served for the walls of her neighbors' apartments and not for her beautiful life. I was surprised by the verdict. Absolutely not, but damn it, I was and still am hurt and heavy-hearted! I send my love to Breonna's mother, family and friends! Sorry! Sorry! Sorry!!”
Dwyane Wade- former NBA player
“Dear Breonna, I am very sorry that the people in power did not get this right. You deserve so much more. Your life mattered. You deserved the bright future that awaited you. We will continue to say your name. We will continue fighting in your name “
Donovan Mitchell- Utah Jazz point guard
“I don't have many words at the moment … but all I can say is that I am praying for the city of Louisville right now!”
Michael Malone- manager of the Denver Nuggets
“I know that we have used our platform here to try to generate education and a voice in many players on our team, especially to demand justice for Breonna Taylor. We have not obtained that justice “
Jaylen Brown- forward for the Boston Celtics
“We have mothers. We have sisters, nieces, aunts. And just as men of color have experienced traumatic events, so have women. This is an example of some of the things that happen to women in our country. So we wanted to be with them, but also make it clear that it's not just us. I believe the future is female, so it's important to show our sisters that we care. That is why it has been so important “
Colin Kaepernick, former NFL quarterback and activist
“The white supremacist police institution that stole Breonna Taylor's life must be abolished for the safety and well-being of our people. #BreonnaTaylor #SayHerName #AbolishThePolice.”
Lloyd Pierce – Atlanta Hawks manager
“I do not claim to be an expert in law, an expert in the legal system of each state. What I do know, what I understand is any law, whatever it protects (the police) in this case and in many other cases is difficult to understand, difficult to understand. If these are the protections they have, we have a real problem. It was anticipated that this was not going to happen as it should. That has been proven with the news we receive today. “
Layshia Clarendon- New York Liberty player in the WNBA
“This is why the police need to be underfunded and finally abolished! We wait again and again for a pinch of justice, but why would we get that when the system is designed to protect the very people who are murdering and terrorizing us? It is not “. t a rotten apple, it is a rotten tree.”