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Lakers' LeBron James Says There's 'Been No Justice' for Breonna Taylor, Family

Blake SchusterAnalyst IIAugust 19, 2020

Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James points up following the national anthem before the start of an NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)
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LeBron James began his quest to bring a title back to Los Angeles on Tuesday night while fulfilling a bigger duty: keeping Breonna Taylor at the forefront of the national conversation.

Heading into Game 1 against the Portland Trail Blazers, James wore a modified version of a "Make America Great Again" hat that read "Make America Arrest The Cops Who Killed Breonna Taylor."

Speaking about his decision to wear the cap both before and after a nationally televised game on TNT, James was straightforward in saying Taylor's family is still waiting for justice.

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“There has been no justice not only for her, but for her family.” @KingJames on his Game 1 attire for Breonna Taylor. https://t.co/Togu3jQQRH

"A woman who had a bright future, and her life was taken away from her," James said after the 100-93 loss to the Blazers. "There's been no arrests, there has been no justice not only for her, but for her family, and we want to continue to shed light on that situation."

Taylor, a 26-year-old emergency medical technician, was killed in March when Louisville, Kentucky, police served a no-knock search warrant at her apartment believing a suspected drug dealer received packages there. Three plainclothes officers entered while Taylor and her boyfriend Kenneth Walker were in bed. Walker exchanged gunfire with the police, believing they were intruders. The police shot Taylor eight times. No drugs were found.

All three officers were subsequently placed on administrative reassignment with only one officer, Brett Hankison, losing his job. No charges have been filed.

James, along with fellow NBA and WNBA stars, has been increasingly vocal in seeking justice for Taylor.

WNBA players have worn Taylor's name on the back of their jerseys all season, while a number of their NBA counterparts participated in marches and protests over police brutality and systemic racism that called out the Louisville Police Department for the killing of Taylor and the lack of consequences faced by the three officers in question.

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