Warriors head coach Steve Kerr has become the latest to speak out against the Donald Trump regime.
After “President” Trump signed an executive order Saturday halting the entry of refugees from seven prominently Muslim countries (Iran, Iraq, Libya, Sudan, Somalia, Syria and Yemen) for 120 days, the reverberations through the sports world has caused disgust among many.
The subject of the Immigration Ban was presented to Kerr .
“I would just say that as someone whose family member was a victim of terrorism, having lost my father, if we’re trying to combat terrorism by banishing people from coming to this country, by really going against the principles of what our country is about and creating fear, it’s the wrong way of going about it,” said Kerr after Golden State’s narrow 113-111 win over the Blazers yesterday.
Steve’s father, Malcolm Kerr, was assassinated in 1984 while serving as the president of the American University in Beirut by an Islamic militia known as Hezbollah.
“If anything, we could be breeding anger and terror so Im completely against whats happening,” said Kerr. “I think its shocking, its a horrible idea. I feel for all the people who are affected. Families are being torn apart and I worry in the big picture what this means to the security of the world. Hes going about it completely opposite. You want to solve terror, you want to solve crime, its not the way to do it.”
Kerr is not the first NBA head coach to be critical of Trump. Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich also hasn’t held his tongue when addressing the commander-in-chief.
“As you already know, I have lots of thoughts about what weve done to ourselves as a country and what weve allowed to happen,” said Popovich. “But well see where this goes. Obviously the roll-out today was Keystone Kops-like by any measure with objectivity. Whether you want to say its good or bad is irrelevant. But it was Keystone Kops, and thats scary.”