The Game Reacts To Shooting Of NYPD Officers: “I Guess Y’all Can’t Breathe Either”

December 22, 2014  |  

Emotions ran high this weekend after news of two NYPD officers being gunned down in Brooklyn began to circulate. In response to the slayings, rapper Jayceon “The Game” Taylor took to Instagram with a screenshot snatched from one headline with a caption that reads:

“I guess y’all ‘can’t breathe’ either #RIPEricGarner #AllLivesMatter #ShitHasToChange #Now”

Of course, considering that two people who had absolutely nothing to do with the deaths of Eric Garner or Mike Brown were killed in cold bold, his post came off as insensitive to some. So he followed up with another post explaining his previous one. According to Taylor, the post was in “direct response” to the disgusting photo of three men mocking protesters by wearing shirts that read: “I can breathe,” which had been circulating on social media.

His reaction continues:

“The comment in my last post was a DIRECT RESPONSE to the picture above: I didn’t say it was cool that 2 cops were murdered senselessly while sitting in their car. These weren’t the cop(s) that killed ERIC GARNER so it wasn’t necessary they die in that manner the same as it wasn’t AT ALL necessary ERIC GARNER die in the way he did.

My comment also suggested that #AllLivesMatter &#ShitNeedsToChangeNow but you simple minded f-cks skipped right over the real message to pull whatever negativity you could from my post… As expected.

One thing about me is, I’m ME. I’m not running from my views or opinions & I’m standing firm on anything I say… So while all of you trying to find the HATE in my post, there is NONE. What their is…. is an opinion of a man that believes the deaths of innocent people are never OKAY. Never has been !!! It just so happens, that I’m BLACK. It just so happens I grew up as a minority & have been a victim of racial profiling & police harassment in my youth the same as many so I can relate to the continuous STRUGGLE to change the way the GOVERNMENT deals with it’s own employees when they’re supposed to be highly trained professionals who loosely abuse the right to them wearing the badge given to them. ‘PROTECT & SERVE’ does not mean ‘CHOKE & KILL’ an innocent unarmed man….

Retaliating for Eric Garner’s murder the way the MEDIA portrays it happened wasn’t the answer either but it happened…. SO WHAT NOW… Do police KILL more civilians ??? Or do civilians KILL more police ??? Y’all can’t see what’s happening to our country ? Or all YALL still too focused on an iPhone app to get off of it to take a REAL LOOK AROUND ??? & you ask me, do I like police: NO !!! Do I hate police: NO !!! Have I experienced more police abusing their authority than not: YES !!! So that’s why “I” say F-CK THE POLICE !!! That’s “MY OPINION”…. Does that mean I think it’s dope that 2 innocent cops were murdered: NOPE. But does it change my view on crooked police: NOPE !!! So… You can hate me, not like me, say F-CK GAME or UNFOLLOW or never support my MUSIC again because I have an opinion… SO WHAT, I DO NOT GIVE A F-CK !!!”

Of course, many tried to twist his words and suggest that he was somehow encouraging the behavior of Ismaaiyl Brinsley, which honestly didn’t seem to be the case.

What are your thoughts on The Game’s response and reaction to critics?

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