Warriors’ Steve Kerr expresses moving, passionate appeal after Texas elementary school shootings

Steve Kerr’s pre-match press conference had nothing to do with basketball ahead of the 4th game of the Western Conference finals between the Warriors and the Mavericks on Tuesday. Instead, the Warriors leader delivered a three-minute monologue in response to Tuesday’s shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, which killed at least 19 students and two adults.

Kerr, who has spoken out strongly about gun violence in the United States and campaigned for gun control, also trembled in tears at times during a speech to the media on Tuesday. Here is his full pre-game availability, along with a video of his speech.

I will not talk about basketball. Nothing has happened to our team in the last six hours. We will start in the same way tonight. Any basketball questions do not matter.

Since we left the shooting, 14 children have been killed 400 miles from here. And teacher. In the last 10 days, elderly blacks were killed in a supermarket in Buffalo, we had Asians going to church in Southern California. We now have children being murdered at school.

When will we do something? I’m tired. I’m so tired of getting up here and offering my condolences to the devastated families out there. I am so tired. Excuse me. Sorry. I’m tired of moments of silence. Enough!

There are currently 50 senators refusing to vote on HR8, which is a record-breaking rule passed by Parliament two years ago. He has been sitting there for two years. And there is a reason they will not vote for it: to retain power.

So I ask you, Mitch McConnell, I ask all of you senators who refuse to do anything about school violence and shootings and supermarket shootings. I ask you: Will you put your desire for power over the lives of our children and our elderly and our church members? Because it seems so. It’s what we do every week.

So I’m bored. I’ve had enough. We will play the game tonight. But I want every person here, every person who hears this, to think of your own child or grandchild, or your mother or father, your sister, your brother. How would you feel if that happened to you today?

We can not be seduced by this. We can not sit here and just read about it and go, so let’s be a moment of silence – yes, Go Dubs. Come on, Mavs, let’s go. This is what we will do. We are going to play a basketball game.

Fifty senators in Washington will hold us hostage. Do you realize that 90 percent of Americans, regardless of political party, want background checks – universal background checks? Ninety percent of us. We are being held hostage by 50 senators in Washington who refuse to put it to the vote, despite what we, the American people, want.

They will not vote for it because they want to retain their power. It is pathetic! I’ve had enough!

Kerr’s father, Malcolm, was killed by gunmen in 1984 while serving as president of the American University of Beirut. The Warriors’ coach has spoken out against various shootings in recent years, urging government officials to make substantial changes to U.S. gun control laws.

Many NBA players, including LeBron James, expressed outrage over Tuesday’s shooting. The NBA issued a statement via Twitter:

“The NBA family is devastated by the horrific shooting that took place today in Uvalde, Texas. Our thoughts and our deepest condolences are with the families and friends of the victims, as well as the entire Robb Elementary School community and its community. Uvalde. “

Mavericks coach Jason Kidd also spoke about the shots before Game 4.

“It’s hard. You know, as coaches or fathers, we have kids. The people in this room have kids. Elementary school. You’re just thinking about what could be done with any of your family or friends at a school,” Kidd said. . “This is the job training in running. We will try to play the game. We have no choice. The game is not going to be canceled. But we have to find a way to be professional, to find a way to win and move on.

“But the news of what is happening, not just here in Texas but across our country, is sad.”

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