Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr was asked about the latest wave of unarmed black men being gunned down by the police, and Kerr says everyone should be disgusted and outraged.
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Kerr encourages players to publicly address thorny social issues.
He expects protests to take place once the NBA season begins.
Per the AP:
“No matter what side of the spectrum you’re on, I would hope every American is disgusted with what is going on around the country, what just happened in Tulsa … with Terence Crutcher,” said Kerr, who also has been outspoken on the issue of gun control given that his father, Malcolm, was murdered while he was the American University president in Beirut when Kerr was 18 and a freshman at the University of Arizona.
“It doesn’t matter what side you’re on the (Colin) Kaepernick stuff, you’d better be disgusted about the things that are happening.”
Kerr has paid close attention to Kaepernick, who said Tuesday he has received death threats for his decision to kneel through the anthem. But Kaepernick also has made a point that he supports military members and is speaking out against police brutality and shootings of African-Americans. […] “I would think that something similar will happen in the NBA,” Kerr said. “Nobody has to be right, nobody has to be wrong. I would hope that everybody sort of respects each other’s point of view. There are valid points of view on both sides. … I understand people who are offended by his stance, maybe they have a military family member who is offended or maybe they lost somebody in a war and that flag or the anthem means a lot more to them than someone else. Then you flip it around and what about non-violent protests? It’s America, this is what our country’s about, it’s non-violent protesting. That’s what it should be about.”