September 24, 2020 

WNBA players and coaches react to no new charges in Breonna Taylor case

With this WNBA season being dedicated to Breonna Taylor and the “Say Her Name” campaign, I spoke with several players and coaches to hear their reactions to this news

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PALMETTO, FL – SEPTEMBER 22: Danielle Robinson #3 of the Las Vegas Aces passes the ball against the Connecticut Sun in Game Two of the Semifinals of the 2020 WNBA Playoffs on September 22, 2020, at Feld Entertainment Center in Palmetto, Florida. Copyright 2020 NBAE (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)

Daniel Cameron, Attorney General of Kentucky, held a press conference today to announce that there are no arrests of the cops who killed Breonna Taylor. With this WNBA season being dedicated to Breonna Taylor and the “Say Her Name” campaign, I spoke with several players and coaches to hear their reactions to this news.

Kayla McBride of the Las Vegas Aces has been very open in talking about social justice. Today, McBride told me, “I mean, the Say Her Name campaign has been a big thing for us and it’s unfortunate, you know because you want to have belief in a justice system and a country and all the things we’ve been trying to fight for. It’s just not enough. Obviously, you know we’re disappointed, but hopefully, this is just step one to find ultimate justice for Breonna Taylor and her family.” McBride’s teammate, Danielle Robinson, reacted to the news by saying, “Obviously, not everything that we hope for but we’re going to continue to fight, continue to ‘Say Her Name’, and make sure that justice does happen.” 

Connecticut Sun Head Coach Curt Miller shares his opinion on Breonna Taylor’s case. “You know, obviously, we are disappointed that there’s still no outcome from the situation. Obviously, there are lots of rumors that there are imminent decisions upcoming and certainly I, like many, here (in the “Wubble”) the WNBA players, team, (and), staff are all interested as to what we hear is a decision coming up shortly.” 

Sun guard Jasmine Thomas’s message to kids who are angry or sad about this outcome is, “Just to not give up. You know, it is disappointing. More should be done. It’s not enough, but we just can’t give up. . . I guess just put further emphasis on voting and legislation and things that really, you know, put stuff in place for there to be real change and really hold people accountable.” Thomas also discussed the league’s next steps in its social activism.

“I think once we all get together with our Players Association and our Social Justice Council, we’ll find a way to move forward with our messaging and with our calls to action. But we’re definitely not going to let it go. We’re gonna keep doing what we set out to do this season and getting full justice for Breonna Taylor.”

Written by Pepper Persley

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