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The Toronto Raptors reportedly held discussions about playing their home games in Louisville, Kentucky for the 2020-21 season, but decided against it after their players expressed discomfort playing there after the shooting of Breonna Taylor by police in March.
Louisville was being considered as a temporary home for the Raptors next season provided the COVID-19 pandemic prevents them from playing their home games in Toronto, reported Vincent Goodwill of Yahoo Sports.
On Friday, WDRB’s Rick Bozich reported that sources indicated discussions between the Raptors and the KC Yum! Center officials broke down due to the players’ feelings towards Taylor’s killing and “the social unrest that followed.”
26-year-old Breonna Taylor was shot and killed by police officers in her Louisville home after they entered her apartment on a search warrant.
Per Richard A. Oppel Jr. and Derrick Bryson Taylor of the New York Times, the police were issued a no-knock warrant to search Taylor’s home, which meant they did not have to identify themselves. They were given permission to search the house on suspicion that a man suspected of selling drugs had used Taylor’s apartment to receive packages.
Kenneth Walker, Taylor’s boyfriend, fired a shot at the police using a fun he was licensed to carry. Walker said the police did not identify themselves before breaking the door down. He thought they were intruders. The police, who claim they did identify themselves, fired a minimum of 15 shots into the house, five of which hit Taylor.
NBA finished the 2019-20 season in the bubble in Orlando, Florida, but with the league preferring teams to play in their home arenas during the 2020-21 season, it could be a problem for the Raptors.