LeBron James, LA Lakers turn red MAGA hat into social justice message about Breonna Taylor

Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James often makes a statement with what he’s wearing when he enters an arena.

Before Tuesday’s Game 1 against Portland in the first round of the playoffs, James and his teammates made a social justice statement.

Riffing off the MAGA red hat theme, James and other Lakers wore a red hat that read "Make America Great Again arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor."

James also wore a t-shirt that ready “By Any Means.”

James posted photos of himself wearing the hat and shirt on Instagram with the message: “By Any Means‼️ Lets Get It 👑 #JusticeForBreonnaTaylor❤️✊🏾.”

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By Any Means‼️ Lets Get It 👑 #JusticeForBreonnaTaylor❤️✊🏾

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Taylor was a 26-year-old EMT who was killed in her own home after police entered her residence as part of a narcotics investigation. Police say they began shooting after an officer was shot and injured. In a lawsuit, an attorney for Kenneth Walker, Taylor’s boyfriend, said officers weren’t looking for Taylor or Walker and no drugs were found.

NBA players on the Disney campus have sought justice for Taylor’s death on social media and in interviews with reporters.

But the hat wasn't a hit with everyone, including those who support James' message.

Ain’t here for a “clever” reworking of the Confederate flag.

Ditto for a MAGA hat.

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