On Wednesday afternoon Kentucky attorney general Daniel Cameron announced that officer, Sgt. Brett Hankison, would be charged with “wanton endangerment,” following the shooting of Breonna Taylor which prompted outrage from those in the NBA community.
Ex-officer Brett Hankison is charged with wanton endangerment in the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor. Two other police officers were not indicted. Follow live updates: https://t.co/i7YdKIr268 pic.twitter.com/24Y3q6TcTV
— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) September 23, 2020
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
— LeBron James (@KingJames) September 24, 2020
After Game 4 of the Celtics-Heat series, ESPN’s Malika Andrews got extremely emotional and had to fight back tears while talking about the emotions inside the NBA bubble following the DA’s decision to not charge the officers with a crime in the shooting of Breonna Taylor.
— gifdsports (@gifdsports) September 24, 2020
I have prided myself in being able to be objective and cover these sorts of issues but when it is so clear that the system of objectivity in journalism is so whitewashed and doesn’t account for the fact that while I’m walking up the hill my wonderful producer Melinda reminds me that Breonna Taylor was 26 and I am 25, and that could’ve been me, it is very hard to continue to go to work and that’s what the players are feeling.
Andrews wasn’t the only person to speak out over the Taylor decision at ESPN. Earlier in the day both Stephen A. Smith and Michael Wilbon condemned Kentucky attorney general Cameron for not charging the officers in Breonna Taylor’s case.
“I’ve got several reactions … The first one is — I’m not surprised. Part of our outrage about this is, this isn’t the first time.”@RealMikeWilbon and @stephenasmith discuss the grand jury's decision made in Breonna Taylor’s case: pic.twitter.com/RYnhyb7Wl7
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 23, 2020