LeBron: Neighbors’ Walls Got Justice, Not Breonna

LeBron: Neighbors’ Walls Got Justice, Not Breonna

In the Los Angeles Lakers’ meal room — located down the hall from the court the team practiced on Wednesday — the television had been left on. The news anchor was dissecting a Kentucky grand jury’s decision not to prosecute any of the officers involved in the death of Breonna Taylor.

In the ballroom-turned-practice-facility around the corner, the Lakers were finishing up the day’s workout. LeBron James, sitting off to the side of the court eating a sandwich, discussed the decision with longtime friend Randy Mims and shook his head.

Lakers players, planning for a light practice after they lost Game 3 of the Western Conference finals to the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday, had their phones pinged by James earlier that afternoon, prepping them for the news.

“Bron texted the group chat that there might be an announcement made,” Lakers guard Danny Green said. “Nobody was really happy about it. It was disappointing. In a sense, something was done, but it wasn’t enough. Most guys felt it was definitely not enough. … It’s a tough one. It’s a tough one.”

On Wednesday, a grand jury in Louisville indicted one police officer — Brett Hankison — for shooting through the walls and into neighboring apartments. Hankison was charged with three counts of wanton endangerment in connection to the police raid that resulted in the death of Taylor, a 26-year-old Black woman, on the night of March 13.

James, who did not speak to reporters following Wednesday’s practice, later tweeted that he has “been lost for words today.”

“I’m devastated, hurt, sad, mad!” James wrote on Twitter. “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!!”

Like many Americans, NBA players have been anticipating a decision in this case for months. Calls for justice for Taylor — and for the police officers involved in her death to be held accountable in court — have been constant from players in the bubble in Orlando, Florida.

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