Warriors’ Steve Kerr makes emotional and passionate plea following Texas elementary school shooting

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

Kerr, who has always spoken out against gun violence in America and campaigned for gun control, was visibly shaking and at times on the verge of tears during his address to the media on Tuesday. Here’s his full pre-game availability, along with a video of his speech.

I’m not going to talk about basketball. Nothing has happened with our team for the last six hours. We’re going to start the same way tonight. Not all basketball questions matter.

Since we left the shooting, 14 children have been killed 400 miles from here. And a teacher. In the past 10 days, elderly black people have been killed in a Buffalo supermarket, Asian worshipers have been killed in Southern California. Now we have children being murdered at school.

When are we going to do something? I’m tired. I’m so tired of standing here and offering my condolences to the devastated families out there. I am so tired. Excuse me. I’m sorry. I’m tired of moments of silence. Sufficient!

There are 50 senators right now who are refusing to vote on HR8, which is a background check rule the House passed a few years ago. He’s been sitting there for two years. And there’s a reason they won’t vote: to retain power.

So I ask you, Mitch McConnell, I ask you all the senators who refuse to do anything about the violence, the school shootings and the supermarket shootings. I ask you: will you put your own desire for power before the lives of our children, our elderly and our faithful? Because that’s what it looks like. That’s what we do every week.

So I’m fed up. I had enough. We are going to play the game tonight. But I want every person here, every person listening to this, to think of your own child or grandchild, or mother or father, sister, brother. How would you feel if this happened to you today?

We cannot numb ourselves. We can’t sit here and just read about it and go, well, let’s have a moment of silence – yes, Go Dubs. Come on, Mavs, let’s go. That’s what we’re going to do. We’re going to play a basketball game.

Fifty senators in Washington are going to take us hostage. Do you realize that 90% 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 even put it to a vote, despite what we, the American people, want.

They won’t vote because they want to retain their own power. It is pathetic! I had enough!

Kerr’s father, Malcolm, was killed by gunmen in 1984 when he was president of the American University of Beirut. The Warriors coach has spoken out against various shootings over the past few years, imploring government officials to make meaningful changes to US gun control laws.

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

“The NBA family is devastated by the horrific shooting that took place today in Uvalde, Texas. Our thoughts and heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of the victims, as well as the entire community of Robb and Uvalde Elementary School.”

Mavericks head coach Jason Kidd also addressed the shootout before Game 4.

“It’s tough. You know, as coaches or fathers, we have kids. People in this room have kids. Primary school. You just think about what could happen with any of your family or friends at a school,” Kidd said. “It’s professional training on the job. We’re going to 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 pro, find a way to win and move on.

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


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