Golden State Warriors head coach, Steve Kerr doesn’t have a problem addressing topics outside of basketball. The 52-year-old skipper has been vocal in the past about social issues within our country. During an interview prior to a match-up against the Portland Trail Blazers, Kerr’s mind was focused not on the game, but on the victims of the South Florida school shooting that claimed 17 innocent lives.
“Well, nothing has been done. It doesn’t seem to matter to our government that children are being shot to death day after day in schools. It doesn’t matter that people are being shot at a concert, at a movie theater. It’s not enough, apparently, to move our leadership, our government, the people running our country, to actually do anything.”
He continued by encouraging people to take action against the current gun laws, registering to vote and contacting their respective senators.
So, hopefully we’ll find enough people, first of all, to vote good people in, but hopefully we can find enough people with courage to help our citizens remain safe and focus on the real safety issues. Not building some stupid wall for billions of dollars that has nothing to do with our safety, but actually protecting us from what truly is dangerous, which is maniacs with semi-automatic weapons just slaughtering our children. It’s disgusting.
Kerr wasn’t the only NBA icon to respond to this recent tragedy. All-Star forward Kevin Love spoke to For The Win addressing the matter, saying “…I just feel like you should never be afraid to kiss your kids goodbye, be afraid to have them go to school…”
Love’s teammate, LeBron James, joined in on advocating for gun control, sparking criticism across country, as he posted a video on that was taken for UNINTERRUPTED, claiming that the ‘[The President] doesn’t give a f**k about the people.”
LBJ quickly fired back at the hypocritical reporter, stating in a news conference prior to this All-Star weekend’s festivities.
“I get to sit up here and talk about social injustice, equality and why a woman on a certain network decided to tell me to ‘shut up and dribble.’ So, thank you, whatever her name is. I don’t even know her name.”
Whether you agree with it or not, athlete’s have every right to use their celebrity platform to express their political views. They may be insulting half of their fans, but that’s their prerogative. Maybe Steve Kerr, Kevin Love, and LeBron James are gearing up for a post-basketball career in politics! You never know who could be the next President of the United States of America!