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Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James responds to the jury’s decision in the Breonna Taylor

Kentucky grand jury will not charge officers for killing of Breonna Taylor

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James watches play against the Denver Nuggets from the bench during the second half of Game 3 of the NBA basketball Western Conference final Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James watches play against the Denver Nuggets from the bench during the second half of Game 3 of the NBA Western Conference final Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Marj J. Terrill, Associated Press

Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James said he was “lost for words” and “devastated” over what happened with the Breonna Taylor case on Wednesday.

What happened:

A Kentucky grand jury didn’t bring any charges against the police officers for the killing of Taylor Wednesday, which I wrote about for Deseret.com.

  • Former officer Brett Hankison, who was fired in June, was indicted on three counts of “wanton endangerment,” saying he fired bullets that endangered neighbors, according to The New York Times.
  • Taylor has become the face of a national movement against racial injustice.

How LeBron James responded

James — who is currently in the middle of an NBA playoff run — tweeted his disappointment with the decision.

James said: 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 my love to Breonna mother, family and friends! I’m sorry! I’m sorry! I’m sorry!!”

What the NBA said

NBA players across the league responded to the decision since Breonna Taylor has become the face of the national movement against racial injustice.

Donovan Mitchell, for example, tweeted about the decision.

  • “I don’t have many words right now.... but all I can say is I’m praying for the city of Louisville right now!!!” Mitchell tweeted.

Players in Orlando, Florida, have called on the authorities to arrest the officers responsible.

Lakers guard Danny Green said the players haven’t come together to make a decision about what to do in response to the incident, ESPN reports.

  • “We’re still trying to make the proper steps,” Green said. “We haven’t even gotten the chance to reconvene. We need more time as a group — not just as our team but as everyone in the bubble and outside the bubble — to figure out how we can continue to get progress in these certain aspects, in these certain categories, in these certain communities, specifically with what happened today wasn’t enough, we felt, and I’m sure most people around the country felt the same.”