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Kobe, Lakers in “I Can’t Breathe” shirts in warmup

December 10, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kobe Bryant and nearly all of his Los Angeles Lakers teammates wore black T-shirts reading “I Can’t Breathe” during warmups for their game against Sacramento on Tuesday.

The Lakers each had the T-shirts on their chairs in their dressing room before the game. Every player except backup center Robert Sacre wore the shirts.

Bryant and the Lakers followed the lead of LeBron James, Derrick Rose, Kevin Garnett and other athletes across American sports by wearing the shirts to support the family of Eric Garner.

Garner died July 17 after a police officer in New York placed him in a chokehold while he was being arrested. A recording of Garner’s arrest showed him gasping “I can’t breathe” during the fatal encounter, and thousands have protested a grand jury decision not to indict the officer.

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