Reacting to the horrific Uvalde, Texas, school murders, a table-pounding, GOP-bashing coach of the Golden State Warriors says he is fed up with lack of federal action on gun control-related legislation, which he apparently sees as providing a solution to these mass shootings.
Steve Kerr, who seems to never miss an opportunity to pander to his liberal Silicon Valley neighbors, is reportedly the same National Basketball Association luminary who advocated for the elimination of the Oakland, Calif., school district police force almost exactly two years ago.
Kerr “joined dozens of Oakland Unified School district parents and students who are calling for the district to dismantle its internal police force,” NBC Bay Area reported at the time. ‘You really have to listen to the community in terms of what’s happening and what’s best for the community,’ said Kerr.”
Kerr, who is hardly shy about cataloging America’s shortcomings, is the same social justice advocate — among many in the professional sports league — who has remained mostly quiet about the rampant human rights abuses committed by the NBA’s key business partner, CCP-controlled China.
China has once again given Steve Kerr permission to speak out on political and social issues. https://t.co/2uDMQGpVFO
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) May 25, 2022
In a rant at a press conference in Dallas at the American Airlines center prior to the Western Conference playoff game against the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday evening (in which the home team prevailed by a score of 119-109), Kerr seemed to be making it all about him, and how tired he is with the lack of action in Washington, while insisting that basketball questions don’t matter.
Since we left shootaround, 14 children were killed 400 miles from here, and a teacher . In the last 10 days, we’ve had elderly black people killed in a supermarket in Buffalo. We’ve had Asian churchgoers killed in Southern California. And now we have children murdered at school. When are we going to do something? I’m tired. 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!
There’s 50 senators right now who refuse to vote on HR-8, which is a background check rule that the House passed a couple years ago. 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, and school shootings, and supermarket shootings, 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 churchgoers? Because that’s what it looks like. That’s what we do every week.
So, I’m fed up. I’ve had enough. We’re gonna play the game tonight, but I want every person here, every person listening to this, to think about your own child or grandchild, mother or father, sister or brother. How would you feel if this happened to you today? We can’t get numb to this. We can’t sit here and just read about it and go well, ‘Let’s have a moment of silence. Yeah, go Dubs. Come on Mavs, let’s go.’
That’s what we’re gonna do. We’re gonna go play a basketball game. And 50 senators in Washington are gonna hold us hostage. Do you realize that 90% of Americans, regardless of political party, want universal background checks? Ninety percent of us. We are being held hostage by 50 senators in Washington who refuse to even put it to a vote despite what we the American people want. They won’t vote on it, because they want to hold onto their own power. It’s pathetic. I’ve had enough.”
Steve Kerr on today's tragic shooting in Uvalde, Texas. pic.twitter.com/lsJ8RzPcmC
— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) May 24, 2022
With a 3-1 game lead over the Mavs, the insufferable Kerr is poised to lead the Warriors into the championship round.
Whatever the merits or lack thereof in the legislation that Kerr referred to, the crime rate among law-abiding gun owners is practically nonexistent.
Steve Kerr’s dad Malcolm, was tragically killed in Beirut, Lebanon, where he was a university president, by terrorist gunmen, in January 1984. “Though several factions initially took credit for the murder, the family eventually traced it to Hezbollah, the Iranian-funded Islamic organization within Lebanon,” USA Today reported in 2015.
Geraldo, Bongino spar over school shooting: ‘Criminals don’t give a damn about your gun laws’ https://t.co/iD3JTPsTwJ
— Jack Furnari (@JackBPR) May 25, 2022
In a Twitter thread, Outkick founder Clay Travis was among those who called out the virtue-signaling Kerr for his hypocrisy in the context of school safety.
“The fact not one media member last night — & there were dozens — asked Kerr to explain how his new demand for gun laws to protect kids squares with his prior demands to remove police from schools & defund the police is further proof of how worthless most sports media is,” Travis asserted. “Kerr, presently being hailed as a hero by left wing sports media, is actually a coward emblematic of many on social media. He has passionate opinions on whatever people are emotional about, even if it directly contradicts his prior emotional opinions.”
Kerr, presently being hailed as a hero by left wing sports media, is actually a coward emblematic of many on social media. He has passionate opinions on whatever people are emotional about, even if it directly contradicts his prior emotional opinions.
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) May 25, 2022
“Regardless, there are many people with many valid opinions on this issue. Steve Kerr is not one of them. He’s a complete hypocrite. Maybe now he’d like to rescind his past support for defunding & removing police from schools. But the fact no media asked him is shameful cowardice,” he added in a follow up tweet.
Regardless, there are many people with many valid opinions on this issue. Steve Kerr is not one of them. He’s a complete hypocrite. Maybe now he’d like to rescind his past support for defunding & removing police from schools. But the fact no media asked him is shameful cowardice.
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) May 25, 2022
Travis joined with many others, such as Parkland dad Andrew Pollack, in wondering how the Biden administration, with the approval of Democrats and Republicans in Congress, could justify sending billions to Ukraine when America is facing so many domestic problems, including the soaring crime rate.
Parkland dad sends tough message to parents after schoolchildren massacre: ‘It’s your responsibility’ https://t.co/SkrQz8y1ln
— Jack Furnari (@JackBPR) May 25, 2022
In a report surprisingly published by ESPN despite its close ties to the NBA, the network claimed, “In addition to the money their teams derive from the NBA’s $5 billion business in China, many [owners] have significant personal stakes there through their other businesses. ESPN examined the investments of 40 principal owners and found that they collectively have more than $10 billion tied up in China — including one owner whose company has a joint venture with an entity that has been sanctioned by the U.S. government.
“The owners’ myriad ties to the world’s second-largest economy leave their businesses vulnerable if they get on the wrong side of the Chinese government or the public there, according to the analysis,” the lengthy article added.
“‘This is a significant issue and problem that American companies have,’ said Robert Kuhn, a longtime adviser to Chinese political leaders and multinational corporations operating in China. ‘It’s a tension between those two poles…to see companies promoting social justice in the U.S. but staying silent on what would be perceived to be far worse issues in China.’
“‘This is going to be an issue for the rest of our working lives.'”
Journalist Jason Whitlock recently suggested that the actual investment could be closer to $100 billion and implied that ESPN might be holding back the most damaging information about the woke NBA’s relationship with China.
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