Kyrie Irving Producing TV Special to Bring Attention to Breonna Taylor Case

July 7, 2020

Kyrie Irving is continuing to embrace his role in activism.

The Brooklyn Nets star is producing a TV special that will debut this week focusing on a call to action in the death of Breonna Taylor — a 26-year-old Black emergency medical technician who was shot eight times in her Louisville, Kentucky home by plainclothes narcotics officers.

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The officers were serving a search warrant when they entered Taylor’s home without knocking, which led to the fatal incident. No drugs were found.

The program, titled, “#SAYHERNAME: BREONNA TAYLOR” will air on 7 p.m. ET  Wednesday on PlayersTV digital and broadcast network. The network was launched in March on Samsung TV Plus as a platform dedicated to sports lifestyle and culture entertainment and for athletes to tell their own stories.

Alicia Garza, the co-founder of Black Lives Matter, U.S. Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, journalist Jemele Hill and rapper Common are all expected to be involved and appear on the program, according to The Associated Press.

Calls to offices of city and state officials, voter registrations and social media posts are among part of the specific plans they intend to discuss to bring attention to Taylor’s case.

One of the police officers involved in the fatal shooting was fired three months after the March 13 incident, while the two others involved remain on administrative leave.

Irving has been among the most outspoken group of athletes on racism and social issues, and questioned if the NBA resuming its season at the end of July was appropriate amid the racial turmoil taking place in the country. He felt NBA players could better utilize their platform focusing on these issues instead of playing basketball.

Irving, who had shoulder surgery in March, will not be attending the NBA restart as he recovers from his injury.

The NBA is still taking an active role in shedding a light on social injustices and will reportedly allow players to wear social justice messages on their jerseys instead of their names.

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