Steve Kerr has had enough. After the tragic news in Texas of yet another school shooting taking the lives of innocent children and a teacher, the Golden State Warriors coach was clearly fed up with the inaction from the United States Government when he took the podium before Tuesday night's game against the Dallas Mavericks.
Basketball was the furthest thing on his mind.
“Not going to talk about basketball,” started Kerr with Warriors-Mavs just hours away. “Any basketball questions don't matter. Since we left shootaround, 14 children were killed 400 miles from here.”
Kerr spoke passionately about being tired of sending out condolences during Warriors pressers. Instead, he demanded that Senators spring to action. Kerr lobbied for them to vote on H.R. 8, which would update federal law to require background checks before making good on any gun sales. The bipartisan bill had passed through the House of Representatives on March 11, 2021.
“When are we going to do something? I'm so tired of getting up here and offering condolences to the devastated families that are out there. I'm tired of the moments of silence. Enough,” said Kerr.
“There's 50 senators right now who refuse to vote on H.R. 8 which is a background check rule that the house passed a couple of years ago and it's been sitting there for two years. There's a reason they won't vote on it – to hold onto power. So I ask you, Mitch McConnell, I ask all of you senators who refuse to do anything about the violence … I ask you, are you going to put your own desire for power ahead of the lives of our children and our elderly and our church goers? Because that's what it looks like.”
Steve Kerr on today's tragic shooting in Uvalde, Texas. pic.twitter.com/lsJ8RzPcmC
— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) May 24, 2022
The Warriors coach compelled spectators to refuse to get numb to such tragedies and instead reflect on the the situation that could very well happen to anyone in the country.
“We can't get numb to this. We can't just sit here and have a moment of silence and say, ‘Go Dubs!'”
— LeBron James (@KingJames) May 25, 2022
Warriors icon Stephen Curry followed suit, urging NBA fans to pay attention to Steve Kerr's message just as much as they would the ongoing Western conference finals.
🙌🏽 watch this as much as you watch the game tonight…. https://t.co/EErBoMgCtQ
— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) May 25, 2022
All-Star point guards Trae Young and Ja Morant both also expressed their support for the Warriors coach's message.
— Ja Morant (@JaMorant) May 25, 2022
Enough is Enough. Listen to coach Kerr.! 🗣 https://t.co/qQqTksZYrk
— Trae Young (@TheTraeYoung) May 25, 2022
While there are still those NBA fans who would prefer politics to be left out of the sports they watch, it's undeniable that something must be done after yet another tragedy with the Texas shooting.
If NBA voices such as that of Steve Kerr, LeBron James, or Stephen Curry can help nudge public and social opinion towards action for reform, by whatever means that would be, then it would be a win for the sport and the country at large.
Ahead of Golden State's closeout game against Dallas, Steve Kerr and the Warriors clearly have bigger things on their mind.