Influential NBA players are dedicating their post-game interviews to demanding accountability for racism and police violence as new season kicks off
There are at least 7 other players from 6 different teams across the NBA, including Donovan Mitchell, Tobias Harris, Paul George, C.J. McCollum, Dwight Howard, and Alex Caruso. Moreover, the NBA's counterparts in the WNBA is trying to bring attention to the cause by designing uniforms that honor and demand justice for women who 'have been the forgotten victims of police brutality and racial violence,' according to a news release by the league.
Taylor, a 26-year-old EMT, was shot eight times and killed by Louisville Metro Police Department officers in a nighttime suspected narcotics raid on March 13. The officers haven't been charged, though one of them was fired in June.
All players are demanding accountability from the officers. Their answer to every interview question is 'Justice for Breonna Taylor' since they don't want basketball to be a distraction from what has happened. LeBron James, an athlete with an unparalleled following, particularly took 15 minutes to explain how he believes the Black Lives Matter shouldn't be viewed merely as a social justice campaign while sharing his lived experience of growing up as a Black man in America. James, in 2015 partnered with the University of Akron to provide a guaranteed four-year scholarship that costs approximately $41.8 million.