The massacre hit close to home for Kerr, whose father, Malcolm, was assassinated in 1984 by two gunmen outside of the American University of Beirut, where he worked as its president. “I had been pretty active behind the scenes in terms of gun safety and supporting gun-control groups, and when that murder rampage happened, it was during The Finals I think in 2016, and I just had enough,” Kerr said last week. “It just seemed like there were mass shootings every week and that’s when I finally decided to speak publicly on an issue. That was probably the first time.”
Popovich said James’ efforts have made a huge difference. “I think he’s going to be an iconic figure,” Popovich said two weeks ago. “Nobody can be what Muhammad Ali was, as far as sport is concerned. But in that same genre. I’m so proud of this guy and so pleased for him that from the time he came in as a teenager to see his development now — basketball, sure, fine, but as a human being, as a citizen, as someone who looks at the social issues at our time and is willing to speak out about them.
Connor Letourneau: Steve Kerr on Gregg Popovich: “I don’t think I ever would’ve felt comfortable speaking out until Pop’s example. He gave me and a lot of people the courage to speak out when we felt comfortable.”
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