The "Inside the NBA" crew on TNT offered a different reaction on Thursday, led by Charles Barkley.
Charles Barkley on Breonna Taylor: Not the same as George Floyd or Ahmaud Arbery
Before Thursday's game between the Lakers and Denver Nuggets, Barkley said that Taylor's case shouldn't be "lumped" in with the killings of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery. He pointed to Taylor's boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, firing on the plainclothes Louisville police officers that were executing a no-knock search warrant as a reason why.
From The Hollywood Reporter:
"I don't think this one was like George Floyd or Ahmaud Arbery and things like that," Barkley began. "I feel sad that this young lady lost her life. I think this one was — the no-knock warrant is something we need to get rid of ... across the board. But I am worried to lump all these situations in together."
He continued, "And I just feel bad that the young lady lost her life. But we do have to take into account that her boyfriend shot at the cops and shot a cop. So like I say, even though I am really sorry she lost her life, I just don't think we can put this in the same situation as George Floyd or Ahmaud Arbery."
Barkley found some agreement from his co-hosts, including Shaquille O'Neal:
"I have to agree with Charles, this one is sort of lumped in," O'Neal said. "You have to get a warrant signed and some states do allow no-knock warrants. And everyone was asking for murder charges. When you talk about murder, you have to show intent. A homicide occurred and we're sorry a homicide occurred. When you have a warrant signed by the judge, you are doing your job, and I would imagine that you would fire back."