Let $A$ be a C* algebra, $J$ an ideal, $\pi: A \to A/J$ the quotient map. Recall that the relative K theory group $K_0(A, A/J)$ consists of equivalence classes of triples $(p,q,x)$ where $p$ and $q$ are projections over $A$ and $\pi(x)$ implements a Murray-Von-Neumann equivalence between $\pi(p)$ and $\pi(q)$. One has the standard equivalence relations involving homotopies and direct sums, together with the relation $[p,q,x] = 0$ if $x$ implements a Murray-Von-Neumann equivalence between $p$ and $q$.

One can check that the sequence $K(A, A/J) \to K(A) \to K(A/J)$ is exact in the middle, where the first map is given by $[p,q,x] \mapsto [p] - [q]$. I am trying to understand how the excision theorem for K-theory of C* algebras works, and it would help if I had a direct proof of the following lemma: if the exact sequence $0 \to J \to A \to A/J \to 0$ splits then the map $K(A, A/J) \to K(A)$ is injective. It would even be helpful to understand what is going on in the simple case where $A$ is the unitalization of a nonunital C* algebra $J$ (where the relevant short exact sequence necessarily splits).

Can anyone help?