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Sonoran Hot Reads: Steve Kerr sides with Colin Kaepernick, non-violent protests

The former Wildcat gave well-spoken, insightful thoughts on this current issue

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Steve Kerr is one of the most well-liked Arizona alums out there for several reasons. Not only is he great at everything he does, he’s very well-spoken, and not afraid to address the issues. So it should come as no surprise that amidst unrest in our country and non-violent protests in the sports world related to that racial unrest, Kerr gave his thoughts, and they’re on the progressive side. Buried down in this Q&A with the San Jose Mercury News’ Tim Kawakami, Kerr had this to say:

I’ve talked to several of our guys about it. And I think we will absolutely talk about it as a team before our first game. I’ve talked to some of the guys, just what do you think? What does it mean to you? I’ve kind of given them my opinion, we’ve shared thoughts. It’s kind of the way we do things around here anyway. We like to talk about stuff, basketball or not. And I think it’s probably one of the best things that’s come out of the Kaepernick issue, is that people are talking. It’s a good thing. No matter what side of the spectrum you’re on, I would hope that every American is disgusted with what is going on around the country, what just happened in Tulsa two days ago, Terence Crutcher… Doesn’t matter what side you’re on in the Kaepernick stuff, you’d better be disgusted with the things that are happening. So I understand people who are offended by his stance–maybe they have a military family members who is offended or maybe they lost somebody in a war and that flag or the anthem means a lot more to them than someone else. But you flip it around and what about non-violent protest? That’s America, this is what our country is about, it’s non-violent protest. It’s what it should be about. I think Colin has really clarified his message over the last couple weeks. I would think that something similar will happen in the NBA. And as I said, nobody has to be right, nobody has to be wrong. I would hope that everybody sort of respects each other’s point of view, there are valid points of view on both sides. But as I said, I think Colin when he met with Nate Boyer, decided to kneel instead of sit, acknowledged his respect for the military and really clarified the message that what this is really about is unarmed black people being killed indiscriminately around the country… and then it happens again two days ago… That’s the message. That’s what matters. And the other stuff, they can talk about all day, nobody’s right, nobody’s wrong. But that matters. And everybody should be trying to do something, whatever’s in their power, to help in that regard.

The part that stands out? “No matter what side of the spectrum you’re on, I would hope that every American is disgusted with what is going on around the country, what just happened in Tulsa two days ago, Terence Crutcher… Doesn’t matter what side you’re on in the Kaepernick stuff, you’d better be disgusted with the things that are happening.”

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