Warriors’ Kerr calls US action on gun control ‘pathetic’ in emotional pre-game speech | Golden State Warriors

Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr declined to talk about basketball ahead of his team’s loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night, instead delivering an impassioned speech condemning gun violence in the United States.

His team played Game 4 of the NBA Western Conference Finals in Texas, where earlier in the day at least 21 people, including 18 children, were killed in a school shooting. Kerr is a longtime gun control advocate. Her father was shot dead in a terrorist attack in Beirut in 1984.

“When are we going to do something,” Kerr shouted during his pregame press conference. “I’m tired. I’m so sick of getting up here and offering my condolences to the devastated families out there. I’m so sick of the, sorry, I’m sorry, I’m Tired of moments of silence. Enough!”

Steve Kerr on today's tragic shooting in Uvalde, Texas. pic.twitter.com/lsJ8RzPcmC

— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) May 24, 2022

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Kerr has repeatedly supported a bill that would require stricter background checks on people buying guns. The bill passed the US House of Representatives in 2021 but did not make it to the Senate.

Kerr looked at the camera before addressing Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. “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 ahead of the lives of our children, our elderly and our worshippers? Because that’s what it looks like. That’s what we do every week. »

Before leaving the press conference, Kerr banged his fist against the table and delivered a final message. “It’s pathetic. I’ve had enough,” he said.

Mavericks coach Jason Kidd also addressed the shootout in his pregame comments.

“We’re really going to play with a heavy heart tonight for the community, for Robb Elementary School,” Kidd said. “As coaches, as fathers, we have children, the people in this room have children, primary school; you can just think of what might happen with any of your family members or friends at a school. It’s training on the job, and 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 and find a way to win and move forward. But the news of what’s happening, not just here in Texas but across our country, is sad. “

The Mavericks beat the Warriors 119-109, but still trail the Warriors 3-1 in the best-of-seven series. The winner will advance to the NBA Finals, where they will face either the Miami Heat or the Boston Celtics.

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