Steph Curry used his golf shoes yesterday to honor the late Breonna Taylor at the American Century Championship.
Taking place in South Lake Tahoe, Nevada, the three-time NBA champion stepped onto the green during the celebrity golf tournament in a set of custom dual-tone Under Armour golf shoes featuring a painted image of Breonna Taylor above the words “Say Her Name” on the right shoe. On the left foot, the late EMT’s name was repeated across the toe with a Black Lives Matter hashtag added onto the midsole.
Taylor was shot eight times and killed on March 13 when three Louisville Metro Police Department officers entered her Louisville apartment. The officers used a no-knock search warrant as part of a narcotics investigation, however no drugs were found in Taylor’s apartment. The family of Taylor has since filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the three officers and have also joined the hundreds of thousands protesting for their arrest.
Then on Saturday morning, the Under Armour athlete continued his streak of bespoke golf shoes with a set inspired by athletes who broke down racial barriers in the sport. Highlighting the images of Charlie Sifford, Lee Elder, Calvin Peete and Althea Gibson, the pair was personalized by Dez Customz and shared on his Instagram page for a closer look.
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Curry is one of many athletes who have spoken out against Breonna Taylor’s death as well as the death of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery. Floyd was killed on May 25 in Minneapolis by white police officer Derek Chauvin, who knelt on Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes during an arrest. Arbery was shot and killed on Feb. 23 in Glynn County, Ga., by Travis McMichael and his father Gregory.
These three killings sparked an uproar across the country as citizens, celebrities and more pushed the fight against racial injustice and police brutality. Curry himself showed his activism by attending protests and organized events in Oakland, Calif., and by taking to social media to encourage change through his 30.8 million followers on Instagram.
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Today was a movement in Oakland! Thank you @juanonjuan10 for the leadership. Everybody play your role and be consistent with it. This is a real moment of change. Keep each other accountable. “It is our duty to fight for our freedom. It is our duty to win. We must love and support each other. We have nothing to lose but our chains!” #justiceforgeorgefloyd #breonnataylor #blm