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The Tampa Bay Rays called for the arrest of the Louisville police officers involved in the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor in a tweet on Friday, hours before their opening day game against the Toronto Blue Jays.
The tweet from the Rays official Twitter account early Friday morning read: “Today is Opening Day, which means it's a great day to arrest the killers of Breonna Taylor.”
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The message was followed by a secondary tweet announcing a $100,000 donation to local organizations fighting against systemic racism.
“Systemic racism is real. Let’s unite for positive change,” another tweet read.
Taylor, a 26-year-old EMT, was shot eight times as officers burst into her home on Springfield Drive, firing over 20 rounds, as they were conducting no-knock warrant related to a narcotics investigation on March 13.
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None of the officers involved in the shooting have been arrested or charged. The Kentucky Attorney General’s Office is still investigating.
The Rays statement comes a day after MLB players held a black ribbon and kneeled together in a moment honoring the Black Lives Matter movement on Opening Day.
San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Sam Coonrod was the only player in both games not to take a knee, arguing that because of his faith “I can’t kneel before anything besides God.”
Most members of the San Francisco Giants kneel during a moment of silence prior to an opening day baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Thursday, July 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
“I just can’t get on board with a couple things I’ve read about Black Lives Matter, how they lean towards Marxism,” Coonrod continued. “And … they said some negative things about the nuclear family. I just can’t get on board with that.”
Coonrod didn't elaborate on what he was referring to, but he did tell reporters that he meant no "ill will" by his gesture.
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The Rays will take on the Blue Jays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida Friday night at 6:40.