One of those sports figures was TNT’s “Inside the NBA” analyst Charles Barkley.
“This stuff man … I never want to get numb to it,” Barkley said on TNT’s pregame show prior to Game 4 of the Western Conference finals.
“You send them [kids] to school. You never used to think when you send your kids to school something bad was going to happen,” Barkley continued. “But you go back to Sandy Hook, and now it’s happening years later. It’s just really heartbreaking. And my thoughts are with all those parents out there and grandparents, because you send your kids to school, they’re supposed to be safe.”
The attack Tuesday took place 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 and killed inside the school.
“It’s just a sad day for our country,” Barkley added.
Prior to the tip of Game 4 between the Golden State Warriors and the Dallas Mavericks, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr told reporters at his pregame news conference he would not be discussing basketball.
“I’m not gonna talk about basketball,” Kerr said. “Nothing’s happened with our team in the last six hours. We’re going to start the same way tonight. Any basketball questions don’t matter.
“Since we left shootaround, 14 children were killed 400 miles from here. And a teacher,” Kerr continued. “And 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.”
A clearly emotional Kerr then began to shout and pound the podium as he called on politicians to act.
“When are we going to do something?!” Kerr shouted. “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 [Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2021], which is a background check rule that the House passed a couple of years ago. It’s been sitting there for two years,” Kerr said. “There’s a reason they won’t vote on it, to hold onto power.”
The American Airlines Center, home of the Dallas Mavericks, held a moment of silence for the victims of the shooting prior to the start of Game 4 of the Western Conference finals.
Fox News’ David Aaro contributed to this report.