“When are we going to do something?” Said Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr, slapping the table. He was not alone.
DALAS – After one of the worst elementary school shootings in historySteve Kerr and Jason Kidd didn’t want to talk about basketball.
They were not alone. The sports world responded promptly Tuesday to news of an 18-year-old gunman who opened fire at an elementary school in Uwald, Texas, and killed at least 18 children. LeBron James made no effort to hide his anger. Jason Tatum of the Boston Celtics, a young father, called the news “devastating.”
It was the deadliest shooting at a U.S. elementary school after an armed man killed 20 children and six adults in Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, nearly ten years ago.
“I’m not going to talk about basketball.”
“I’m not going to talk about basketball, nothing has happened to our team in the last six hours … any basketball issues don’t matter,” Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr said in a hot speech before Game 4 against the Dallas Mavericks.
“When are we going to do something?” Kerr asked, clapping his hands on the table as if holding back tears. “I’m so tired of getting up here and expressing my condolences to the devastated families who are there. I’m so tired. Sorry. Sorry. I’m tired of the minutes of silence. Enough.”
List of other mass shootings that devastated the United States in the last 10 days – Shooting at Buffalo supermarkets and The shooting of a California church – Kerr called on Congress to give a mandate to verify the certificate when buying weapons.
“I’m tired,” Kerr said. “I’ve had enough. We’re going to play a game tonight. But I want everyone here, everyone who listens to it, to think about their own child or grandson, mother or father, sister, brother.” would you feel if it happened to you today? ”
Kerr was one of many voices in the sports world who responded to the shooting or called for change.
“My thoughts and prayers go to the families of the lost and wounded at Robb Elementary School in Uwald, Texas!” LeBron James wrote. on twitter. “Like, if there are enough men !!! These are children, and we continue to harm them at school. How seriously” IN SCHOOL “is where it is supposed to be safest!”
Sports leaders in Texas, across the country are responding
“The news about what’s happening not only here in Texas, but across our country is sad,” said Mavericks coach Jason Kidd.
“Uwalde, there are no right words. Our hearts are with you and all our neighbors who suffered from today’s horrific shooting, ”the statement from San Antonio Spears, via Twitter.
“For the victims, their families and the entire Uwalde community, you are sincere to our hearts today and in the coming weeks,” the statement said. Texas Houston, via Twitter.
“When is enough? Pointless killings, children die from guns. Seeing how many children take up arms hurts! Schools are not safe. Grocery stores are not safe. Children kill children. Protecting gun laws can’t be more important than saving lives. “- Sports agent Rich Paul, who represents, among others, LeBron James.
“My heart breaks when I hear this news, no parent should lose a child. Praying for the families of these children and the teacher … is devastating, ”Boston Celtics forward Jason Tatum said.
“The devastated doesn’t even start describing it. Terrible horrible news from Texas. ” – The defensive end of the Arizona Cardinals J. J. Wat.
“Tonight we play for Uwalde, Texas,” the Dallas Wings said in a statement.
“Should stop a man … praying to all families in Texas.” – Kansas City Chiefs defender Patrick Mahomes.
“When will we care about protecting our children above all else? You can’t shoot children at school. It is absolutely unacceptable that this continues. These children represent the future of our country, our hopes, our dreams. ” – pitcher “New York Yankees” Zach Britton.
“We mourn with their families and friends, as well as the community after this unspeakable tragedy,” said Dallas Mavericks public speaker Sean Heath before the Warriors-Maurice.
“Change must come.” – Dallas Cowboys linebacker Mika Parsons.