Following Game 4 of the NBA Western Conference Finals on Tuesday, Golden State Warriors guard/forward Damion Lee said of the Uvalde school mass shooting: “It’s sad the world that we live in.”
“Guns shouldn’t be as easily accessible. Like it’s easier to get a gun than baby formula right now. That’s unbelievable in this country that we live in,” Lee said to reporters.
Noting there have been more mass shootings in 2022 than the number of days, Lee added, “We need to be better than that. It’s supposed to be, you know, the greatest country in the world, and it’s just ridiculous. This is senseless, losing our lives.”
The game, in which the Mavericks defeated the Warriors 119-109, was played in Dallas. Game 5 will be played Thursday night in San Francisco.
Some context: Prior to Tuesday’s game, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr told reporters “basketball questions don’t matter” right now, referencing the mass shooting, adding, “When are we going to do something?”
A fiery Kerr called out “50 senators who refuse to vote on HR-8,” a House bill that strengthens firearm background checks, claiming, “They won’t vote on it because they want to hold onto their own power.”
“50 senators in Washington are going to hold us hostage,” Kerr said. “It’s pathetic, I’ve had enough.”
Golden State’s Steph Curry said at a postgame press conference he appreciated Kerr’s leadership and comments, and that the shooting “was on everybody’s mind coming into the game.”
“I can’t even imagine the pain for Coach to say what he said, and every word he said was powerful, was meaningful,” Curry said.
CNN’s Jill Martin contributed reporting to this post.