On Tuesday (Aug.18) night, ahead of their first playoff game against the Portland Trail Blazers, James was spotted wearing a red hat that, from afar, could have appeared to be a MAGA hat. A closer view of the hat, however, shows the words “Great Again” crossed off and replaced with “Arrest the cops that murdered Breonna Taylor.” The entire message: Make America arrest the cops that murdered Breonna Taylor.
Taylor, a 26-year-old EMT, was shot and killed by Louisville officers who entered her home amid a drug investigation using a no-knock warrant. Her boyfriend Kenneth Walker assumed the plainclothes cops were intruders, fired his gun and prompted a shootout that resulted in Taylor being shot eight times.
Since getting wind of her tragic story, James has been adamant in his demand that Taylor’s killers get arrested. During a post-game press conference in July, he used his platform to speak up for the late EMT.
“We want the cops arrested who committed that crime. In the state of Kentucky — what’s going on down there — I know a lot of people are feeling the same,” he continued. “Us as the NBA and [as] players — me as one of the leaders of this league — I want her family to know and I want the state of Kentucky to know that we feel for her and we want justice. That’s what it’s all about. What’s right is right and what’s wrong is wrong.”