Breonna Taylor Rumors
Two sources who asked not to be identified said Thursday that there were discussions between the Raptors and the arena. But three sources told me and WDRB Sports reporter Eric Crawford that the discussions ended after Raptors players communicated their reluctance to play in Louisville because of the shooting death of Breonna Taylor by Louisville Metro Police officers as well as the social unrest that followed.
“I think first and foremost I want bring to light the bigger picture, why we’re using our platforms for families that still deserve justice: Breonna Taylor, Jacob Blake, George Floyd. So much is going on, so many other names, things that’s going on in communities.” He then made a recommendation. “We need to get people out to vote. I urge you to,” Green added. “Can’t emphasize it enough. That’s what’s more important.”
Rajon Rondo sent his daughter, Ryelle, “gifts and love” from afar on Thursday for her 13th birthday. The Los Angeles Lakers guard told her on FaceTime that he would never miss her birthday again. He also decided to save his talk with his daughter about the Breonna Taylor news in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, for another day. “It’s tough. My daughter turned 13 today. A young, innocent woman [Taylor] was in her bed … and the bullets get charged for going through a building for endangerment versus a person’s body that is not here anymore,” Rondo told The Undefeated after the Lakers’ 114-108 victory over the Denver Nuggets in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals.
The news hit Rondo, who is from Louisville’s West End, particularly hard. “It’s been very emotional for me the last couple of days,” Rondo said. “I’m just trying to keep my mind busy. When I get some time to myself, it’s hard not to think about it. It’s my hometown. I have a daughter. Black women don’t have no value since [Black people] have been here [in America]. It’s hard, frustrating and hurtful. … “It’s obviously over with the state, but the FBI is obviously doing an investigation. Hopefully, there will be a better outcome than there has been so far.”
Before Thursday’s game between the Lakers and Denver Nuggets, Barkley said that Taylor’s case shouldn’t be “lumped” in with the killings of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery. He pointed to Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, firing on the plainclothes Louisville police officers that were executing a no-knock search warrant as a reason why.
From The Hollywood Reporter: “I don’t think this one was like George Floyd or Ahmaud Arbery and things like that,” Barkley began. “I feel sad that this young lady lost her life. I think this one was — the no-knock warrant is something we need to get rid of … across the board. But I am worried to lump all these situations in together.” He continued, “And I just feel bad that the young lady lost her life. But we do have to take into account that her boyfriend shot at the cops and shot a cop. So like I say, even though I am really sorry she lost her life, I just don’t think we can put this in the same situation as George Floyd or Ahmaud Arbery.”