A day after the Kentucky official indicted Louisville Detective Brett Hankinson on low-level charges of wanton endangerment in the police shooting death of Taylor, Barkely said that he was wary to lump instances of police violence together.
“I don’t think this one was like George Floyd or Ahmaud Arbery and things like that. I feel sad that this young lady lost her life,” he said Thursday on TNT. “But I am worried to lump all these situations in together.”
“But we do have to take into account that her boyfriend shot at the cops and shot a cop. So like I say, even though I am really sorry she lost her life, I just don’t think we can put this in the same situation as George Floyd or Ahmaud Arbery,” he added.
Shaquille O’Neal also shared similar sentiments about Thursday grand jury decisions, which did not indict three Louisville officers Taylor’s death.
Since making the comments Thursday, Barkley has remained quiet on social media and stayed away from the topic during Saturday’s show.