A total firestorm erupted earlier this week after Kentucky’s Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced that none of the officers involved in the case surrounding the death of former EMT Breonna Taylor were guilty of murder or manslaughter — charges that her supporters have demanded since the incident occurred earlier this year.
While celebrities across the board have weighed in on the matter (because, you know, they’re all brilliant legal minds), two major sports celebrities — who happen to be African-American — went against the hip trend of of Black Lives Matter wokeness and made a clear distinction between the Taylor case and the case surrounding George Floyd’s death.
According to Daily Mail, prior to the start of an NBA game televised on TNT Thursday night, basketball legend Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal discussed the situation, with both celebrities agreeing that police officers did not “murder” Taylor, like the liberal establishment media and Hollywood elites would like for you to believe.
“I don’t think this one was like George Floyd or Ahmaud Arbery and things like that,” Barkley said.
“I feel sad that this young lady lost her life. I think the no-knock warrant is something we need to get rid of across the board. But we do have to take into account that her boyfriend shot at the cops and shot a cop,” he added, with O’Neal agreeing that the officers involved in the case proceeded to enter the house on a signed warrant and acted accordingly when Taylor’s boyfriend opened fire.
‘When you talk about murder, you have to show intent. A homicide occurred and we’re sorry a homicide occurred,” O’Neal said, augmenting Barkley’s assertion. “When you have a warrant signed by the judge, you are doing your job, and I would imagine that you would fire back.”
Of course, the two sports stars took an unbelievable amount of heat from BLM supporters on social media, with many — even some Democrat politicians — saying they were no longer fans and indicated that they were “ashamed” of their comments on the matter, further proving that blind rage and emotion has been put ahead of U.S. justice system by many on the left.
While O’Neal has held reserve positions in number of law enforcement agencies across multiple states and is obviously level-headed enough to understand the duties of America’s law enforcement officers, Barkley made very clear his support for law enforcement and blasted those who support efforts to defund police departments.
According to Daily Wire, Barkley held nothing back as he criticized the “fools” who want police departments defunded, adding that many of the same people calling for such actions are the ones who need police protection the most.
“So, that notion they keep saying that, I’m like wait a minute, we’re just going [sic], who are black people supposed to call, Ghostbusters, when we have crime in our neighborhoods?” Barkley said during the pregame show.
“We need police reform, but like I said, white people and especially rich white people, they’re always going to have cops. So, we need to stop that defund and abolish the cops crap,” Barkley added.
Barkley and O’Neal should be applauded for taking a stand for American law enforcement and injecting some much-needed common sense into the issues of both the Breonna Taylor situation and the left’s movement to defund the police.