Charles Barkley and Saquil O’Neill were attacked on Twitter to protect police after giving their views on the case of Breona Taylor.
Presenting the TNT broadcast before the Los Angeles Lakers game against the Denver Nuggets, Barkley said Taylor’s death could not be compared to the murder of George Floyd because Taylor’s friend opened fire on police, who then retaliated.
O’Neill agreed, saying that – although the system needed to change – the officials involved were simply “doing their job” with an order signed by a judge.
It comes after one of the police officers involved in the attack that killed Taylor was charged, though not with the shot that killed her.
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Shaquille O’Neill (left) and Charles Barkley (right) come under fire after telling Lakers-Nuggets that Breona Taylor’s death was “not the same” as George Floyd
Barkley said: “I don’t think he was like George Floyd or Ahmaud Arbury and things like that.
“I feel sad that this young lady lost her life. I think the non-strike order is something we need to get rid of everywhere.
“But we have to take into account that her friend shot at the cops and shot the cop.”
Shaquille repeated his comments, replying: “You have to get a signed order and some states allow orders for insensibility. Everyone wanted murder charges.
“When you talk about murder, you have to show intent. There was a murder and we are sorry that a murder happened.
“When you have an order signed by the judge, you do your job and I would imagine that you will be fired.”
“Charles and Shack are throwing black women under the bus,” wrote an account with the username Justice for Breonna Taylor. “SHAME, I was a fan.”
Herb Jones, a former Democratic candidate for the Virginia Senate, added: “I lost a lot of respect for Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal today for their comments on the murder of Breona Taylor …
“So it’s good for some people to protect themselves, but not others?”
A Twitter user accused the couple of “throwing black women under the bus” as viewers expressed their anger and frustration online
Herb Jones, a former Democratic candidate for the Virginia Senate, said he had “lost respect” for both Barkley and O’Neill after their remarks.
In response to comments made by a retired LAPD sergeant on Thursday, a user tagged the pair “skin folk” but not “relative”
During the same show, Barkley also called on protesters to “neutralize the police”, warning against knee-jerk reactions to the killings of cops.
He argues that rising cops would mean removing officers from white neighborhoods, leaving blacks unprotected.
“Who are the blacks to call,” he said, “Ghostbusters?”
Instead of removing the police, he said, “we need police reform and prison reform.”
Barkley’s comments are in stark contrast to other prominent figures in the NBA, including LeBron James, who threw his weight behind Social Justice fighters to blame the officers.
After the Lakers won Thursday night, LeBron said: “I know we lost a beautiful woman in Breona. And we want justice, no matter how long it takes.
“We play this game here and it is very difficult and very difficult, but at the same time our hearts are with this family. And it’s so unfair what’s going on.
Breona Taylor was shot and killed by police during an awkward police operation in her apartment in March, using a non-beating order
Demonstrations took place in Louisville, where the shooting took place, amid news that a police officer had been charged – not for the shot that killed her.
Following her death and the death of George Floyd, protesters called for those involved to face severe punishments.
“It’s a tragedy and we just hope there are better days. We hope for better days and to spread love, not hatred.
News of the indictment in the Taylor case has resumed demonstrations across the country, many of which have continued since the assassination of George Floyd in May.
In Louisville, where the shooting took place, about 200 Black Lives Matter activists clashed with police for two hours after 9 p.m.
Protesters gathered in the land of a church claiming sanctuary after being invited by the clergy as police tried to disperse them.
About 20 people – including a Democrat lawmaker who sponsored legislation called the Breona Law to end bans – have been arrested.
Police say the arrests are on charges of illegal collection and riots after the windows of a nearby library were broken and a rocket was thrown inside.
Police officers keep a perimeter around the first unitary church where protesters seeking asylum during the curfew, a day after a big decision of the jury in the murder of Taylor in March at her home in Louisville, Kentucky
Protesters face police in front of the First Unitarian Church in Louisville, where they are sheltered as they protest the lack of criminal charges in the police murder of Breona Taylor, in downtown Louisville, Kentucky last night
The other protesters were allowed to leave peacefully after talks with cops.
In Los Angeles, a protester was taken off a truck in a seemingly provoked attack.
Footage from the ground, as well as a news helicopter, show a black pickup truck plowing into the crowd, hitting a woman and throwing her on the sidewalk.
As protesters began swarming around the truck, trying to open the driver’s side door, the truck sped up, appeared to transfer the injured protester, and a street medic who was rushing to take care of her was missing.
An LAPD helicopter following the protest was able to track the truck as it accelerated, targeting ground units that stopped the driver.
The driver of the truck was seen being detained by police, but his name was not released and billing information was not immediately available.
In St. Louis, protesters blocked the western lanes of Interstate 64, and in New York, a large group of protesters entered Manhattan from Brooklyn via the Williamsburg Bridge.
A protester was also present, run over by a car, while the paramedics arrived on Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood Thursday. A car broke through the protest group and drove off
The police followed the driver and detained him without incident, as seen above