Colorado head coach Tad Boyle reacts to Boulder shooting
The Colorado Buffaloes were preparing for a game against the Florida State Seminoles in the NCAA Tournament on Monday when they were notified of a shooting near their campus. Following his team’s elimination in the tournament, head coach Tad Boyle reacted to the Boulder shooting, via Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports.
“Win or lose tonight, I just felt an emptiness in my stomach,” he said. “Another senseless act of violence that we’ve experienced as a country, many, many times. And so it puts this game in perspective. It certainly puts losing in perspective.”
On Monday night, ahead of Colorado’s impending tournament game, a shooting happened at King Soopers, a grocery store near the college campus. Reports shared that 10 people were killed in the senseless shooting in Colorado, including a police officer.
The Boulder shooting on Monday is the second mass shooting in the country in the past week as there was a shooting in Atlanta last week at a massage parlor. McKinley Wright, the starting point guard for Colorado, shared that he lives five minutes away from the grocery store the shooting took place at.
Without having all of the details on the shooting, Boyle elected to refrain from speaking on the situation before the game. But after the game, Boyle addressed the team in the locker room about the tragic event that took place on Monday.
“We’ll get through this, and get through it together,” Boyle said. “But right now, my heart goes out to the Boulder community and more than just our basketball team. So the perspective that this will bring to their lives, you know, is something that we’re going to have to talk about as we process this and we move through it over the coming days.”
Even with a devastating loss on Monday night, the Boulder shooting puts things into perspective on how certain things are bigger than sports. We send our condolences and thoughts to all of those affected by the unfortunate event that transpired in Colorado on Monday.