Kerr attended a press conference before his team met the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Finals. A five-hour drive away, in Uvalde in the same town, a school shooting had taken place. 19 children and two adults were killed.
– I will not talk about basketball, started the former major player and current Golden State Warriors coach, who recorded other shooting episodes in the country in the last ten days.
– When are we going to do something? I’m tired and tired of coming up here and condoling to the broken families out there. I’m tired of the silence. It is enough now! in Kerr.
Kerr pointed to a law on more thorough background checks to buy weapons, which has already been passed in the House of Representatives in 2019, but not voted through in the Senate.
– We are being held hostage by 50 senators. The American people want it (the gun law), Kerr said.
– It’s pathetic. I have had enough! thundered Kerr and left the press conference.
Before the match, Kerr only wanted to talk about the school shooting in Uvalde.
– We will play the match tonight, but I want everyone who hears this to think about their own child, grandchild, mother, father, sister, brother. How would you feel if this happened to you today? We can not be numb. We can not sit here, read about it, have a minute of silence and then forget it, Kerr said.
– Quiet in the wardrobe
The Golden State Warriors lost the match 109-119, but lead 3-1 overall in the semifinals where they are the first to four victories.
After the match, Kerr put the mood in the locker room before the match.
– There was a quiet certainty about what had happened. It was very quiet in the locker room before the match. I felt that my job as a coach was to get the team ready for battle.
– But it was difficult to stay focused on a day like that. The shock, anger and sadness characterized all the players and everyone who was present, the coach said.