BREONNA TAYLOR,” which will examine police brutality, specifically as it relates to Black women, and provide viewers with actionable measures to demand justice for Taylor, such as calls to the offices of city and state officials and voter registration information.
“The men who murdered [Taylor] are still walking the streets. What we the people are asking for is justice, A True Justice that knows no prejudice, racism or sexism,” said rapper Common, who will join Kyrie Irving for the broadcast airing Wednesday.
The program will air Wednesday night on the PlayersTV broadcast network, and Irving and Common will be joined by Democratic U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, journalist Jemele Hill and Alicia Garza, co-founder of Black Lives Matter.
Breonna Taylor, an unarmed black woman who worked as an emergency medical technician, was killed in her home after being shot at least eight times by Louisville Metro police officers shortly after midnight on March 13.
Louisville police say the plainclothes officers identified themselves before entering the residence, where Taylor, who had no criminal history, and her boyfriend were in bed.
However, a wrongful-death lawsuit filed by Taylor’s family claims the police did not knock or identify themselves and accuses the officers of “blindly firing” more than 20 shots into the apartment.
In the nearly four months since the date of the incident, none of the officers involved in the shooting has been charged with a crime.
Irving joins a growing list of current and former NBA players that have used their platform to speak out loudly against police brutality and systemic racism in the wake of George Floyd’s death. Last month, LeBron James, along with several other Black athletes and entertainers, formed a voting rights organization called More Than a Vote. A few days later, Michael Jordan pledged to donate $100 million over the next ten years to organizations dedicated to racial equality and social justice. In a compelling op-ed recently published in the Los Angeles Times, Hall-of-Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar defended the protests and demonstrations taking place throughout the country and stated that he believes “the racism virus infecting the country is more deadly than Covid-19.”
“In a time when society is calling out police brutality, social injustices, and systemic racism, it is critical to magnify how these unjust behaviors and practices are directly impacting Black women,” said Kyrie Irving. “I stand for Breonna Taylor, Sandra Bland, and the countless women whose names are never said but have shared the same unfortunate fate.”
The NBA and National Basketball Players’ Association jointly announced last week that players participating in the upcoming season restart would be permitted to replace the last name on the back of their jerseys with certain statements related to social justice. One of the phrases that has been approved is “Say Her Name.”