Miami Heat and Boston Celtics pay tribute to victims as sports world reacts to Texas shooting | CNN


As the United States recovers from the mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, that killed 19 children and two teachers, its sports leagues have responded by offering condolences to the families of the victims and calling for stricter gun laws.

As the sport continued, every game seemed diminished by the scale of Tuesday’s tragedy.

Ahead of Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics in Miami, a minute’s silence was observed for those lost in the Uvalde tragedy.

“The Heat urges you to contact your state senators by calling 202-224-3121 to leave a message demanding their support for common sense gun laws. You can also give change at the polls,” a message from the PA announcer read after the silence, as the crowd cheered in their approval.

The first half of the game was well prepared before the Celtics pulled away from the Heat in the third quarter to build an unassailable lead and win 93-80. Jaylen Brown scored for the Celtics with 25 points and Jayson Tatum added 22.

Boston now takes a 3-2 series lead and is just one win away from making its first NBA Finals appearance in 12 years.

Tuesday’s shooting by an 18-year-old was the second mass shooting in the United States in less than two weeks after another 18-year-old gunman trafficking in white supremacy theories killed 10 black Americans in Buffalo.

“Obviously everyone is saying their prayers and condolences to the families of these children,” Tatum told reporters, “but at some point it gets tiring to go through the same process and the same result still happens. and even.

“I’m a basketball player, I don’t have many answers,” he added, “but something has to change in that regard because obviously things like that unfortunately continue to happen.”

Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra, meanwhile, began his pregame press conference by saying he was “devastated by the news.”

“It keeps happening,” he said. “I know everyone says there has to be a call to action, and I think what that compels people to do is just understand it, myself included.

“We don’t have the answers, but we want to be heard so we can force change on the people who can actually make the change.”

Other sports leagues in the United States also expressed their shock and sadness and offered their condolences to the families of the victims.

“To have parents who are afraid to send their children to school, children who are afraid to go to school for their health and well-being, is just sad beyond measure. “LA Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said in Washington, DC, before his team’s game against the Nationals.

“It’s ironic that I’m sitting here in the nation’s capital, where he was hoisted up the mast,” he continued.

Roberts observes a moment of silence before the start of the Dodgers' game against the Washington Nationals.

“But it seems to come to a screeching halt in the Senate. How there can’t be bipartisan consensus on an issue like this is very discouraging, very irresponsible on the part of our leaders. Something needs to be done and be proactive about it… When is enough, enough? »

In March last year, the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives passed HR8 to expand background checks on all commercial arms sales. Eight Republicans supported the legislation.

Another bill HR1446 passed by the House would close a loophole that allows certain licensed firearm sales to occur before a required background check is completed.

It is unclear when the Senate will vote on these measures, but it needs 60 votes in the chamber to overcome a filibuster and clearly the legislation does not have that support, nor is there any enough support among Democrats to dump the filibuster.

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