Steve Kerr, Steph Curry, LeBron James, and Jayson Tatum are among those who react to the Texas school massacre as ‘devastating’

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In Dallas, Steve Kerr, Steph Curry, and Jason Kidd refused to discuss basketball, while LeBron James expressed his displeasure openly, and Jayson Tatum of the Boston Celtics, a young father, described the news as “devastating.”

The news of an 18-year-old gunman opening fire at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, and murdering at least 19 children shook the sports world on Tuesday.

It was the bloodiest school shooting in the United States since a shooter killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, over ten years ago.

“I’m fed up. Enough is enough, “Steve Kerr, the head coach of the Golden State Warriors, stated.

“We’re going to 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, brother. How would you feel if this happened to you today?”

Before his team faced the Dallas Mavericks in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals, Steve Kerr asked Congress to impose background checks for firearms purchases.

Warriors’ Curry praised Kerr’s sentiments, but added that he “cannot understand the pain” felt by the victims’ families: “I respect [Kerr’s] leadership. Coming into the game, it was on everyone’s mind.

“It was difficult to stay focused on the fact that I was playing basketball and the events that occurred in this state (Texas).

“I’ve got kids, send them to school every day, drop them off, and you feel for the parents that are going through what they’re going through.

“I can’t even imagine the pain.

“For a coach to come up here and say what he said – every word that he said was powerful, was meaningful. I accept that challenge to try to use my voice and platform to help hopefully make a change.

“You could tell what it meant to him to come up in front of you’ll and use this microphone to say what he said. So I appreciate his leadership on that.”

LeBron James Tweeted: “My thoughts and prayers goes out to the families of love ones loss & injured at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, TX! Like when is enough enough man!!! These are kids and we keep putting them in harms way at school. Like seriously AT SCHOOL where its suppose to be the safest!”

“The news of what’s happening, not just here in Texas but throughout our country, is sad.” Mavericks coach Jason Kidd said.

Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum said: “Breaks my heart hearing this news, no parent should ever have to lose their child. Praying for the families of those kids and the teacher…this is devastating.”

San Antonio Spurs, via Twitter: “Uvalde, There are no right words. Our hearts are with you and all of our neighbours impacted by today’s horrific shooting.”

Seattle Storm forward Breanna Stewart: “The unthinkable and unimaginable. As I look at my daughter my heart is hurting for all the lives lost and their loved ones. A parent’s worst nightmare. Enough is enough. No more gun violence, no more terrorism. This is sickening.”

Sports agent Rich Paul, who represents, among others, LeBron James: “When is enough going to be enough? Senseless killings, kids dying at the hands of a gun. Seeing so many kids get their hands on guns is painful! Schools aren’t safe. Grocery stores aren’t safe. Kids killing kids. Protecting gun laws cant be more important than saving lives.”

“We mourn with their families and friends and the entire community after this unspeakable tragedy.” Dallas Mavericks public address announcer Sean Heath, before the Warriors-Mavericks game.

From the world of NFL, Houston Texans, via Twitter: “To the victims, their families and the entire Uvalde community, you are held close to our hearts today and in the weeks to come.”

J.J. Watt of the Arizona Cardinals said: “It’s impossible to put into words how devastated I was. Texas has received some terrifying news.” J.J. Watt, a defensive end with the Arizona Cardinals.
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