NBA legend Charles Barkley reacts to Texas school shooting: “I never want to go numb”
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the Texas elementary school shooting which took the lives of at least 19 children and two teachers on Tuesday prompted many in the sports world to talk.
One such sporting figure was Charles Barkley, an analyst on TNT’s “Inside the NBA”.
“This stuff man … I never want to go numb,” Barkley said on the TNT pre-match show before. Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals.
“You send them [kids] at school. You never thought something bad would happen when you sent your kids to school, “Barkley continued.” But you go back to Sandy Hook, and now it’s happening years later. It is truly heartbreaking. And my thoughts are with all those parents out there and grandparents, why are you sending your kids to school, they should be safe. “
The attack occurred on Tuesday at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Texas when an 18-year-old gunman entered the school and opened fire. According to officials, the gunman was shot dead inside the school.
“It’s just a sad day for our country,” Barkley added.
Before the episode of Race 4 between the Golden State Warriors and the Dallas Mavericks, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr he told reporters at his pre-game press conference that he would not discuss basketball.
“I’m not going to talk about basketball,” Kerr said. “Nothing has happened with our team in the last six hours. We will start the same way tonight. Any questions about basketball don’t matter.
“Since we left the shooting, 14 children have been killed 400 miles from here. And a teacher,” Kerr continued. “And for the past 10 days, we have had black seniors killed in a supermarket in Buffalo. We have had Asian faithful killed in Southern California and now we have children killed in school.”
A clearly emotional Kerr then began shouting and beating the podium as he urged politicians to take action.
“When do we do something ?!” Kerr shouted. “I’m so tired of getting up here and offering condolences to the devastated families out there … I’m tired of the moments of silence. Enough!”
“There are 50 senators right now who refuse to vote on HR-8 [Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2021], which is a background check rule that the House passed a couple of years ago. He’s been there for two years, “Kerr said.” There’s a reason they won’t vote for him, to keep power. “
The American Airlines Center, home of the Dallas Mavericksheld a moment of silence for the victims of the shooting before the start of Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals.
David Aaro of Fox News contributed to this report.