Steve Kerr used a section of his pregame press conference to criticize an election that ran out-of-control, saving his harshest words for Donald Trump
Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr has never been a man to immerse himself solely in basketball. While some players and coaches talk only about the game, dodging greater social topics, Kerr has created an atmosphere around his team where players are encouraged to explore themselves as people and not just athletes. He wants them to have voice and personality. And so he did not stay silent when Donald Trump was elected president.
Before the Warriors beat Dallas on Wednesday night, Kerr used a section of his pregame press conference to criticize an election that ran out-of-control, saving his harshest words for Trump. The man whos going to lead you has routinely used racist, misogynist, insulting words, thats a tough one, Kerr said.
Mostly, Kerr spoke about the previous few months during which the election seemed to sink to a low of insults, comparing the process to the Jerry Springer Show.
I have no idea what kind of president hell be because he hasnt said anything about what hes going to do, Kerr said. We dont know. But its tough when you want there to be some respect and dignity and there hasnt been any and then you walk into a room with your daughter and your wife who have basically been insulted by his comments and theyre distraught. And you walk in and see the faces of your players, most of them who have been insulted directly as minorities, its sort of shocking. It really is.
He added that the team had discussed the election. We talked about it as a team this morning. I dont know what else to say. Just the whole process has left us feeling disgusted and disappointed. I thought we were better than this. I thought The Jerry Spring Show was The Jerry Springer show, said Kerr. Watching the last debate, Trump would make a crack at Clinton, and youd hear the fans in the stands Oooooh, oh, no, he didnt. Oh, yes he did. This is a presidential election, not The Jerry Springer Show.
After the Dallas game, Warriors forward David West also attacked Trumps election calling it disappointing. Its been in the past that the whole idea around what it means to be a president and the esteem of that office is supposed to bring all that is out the window, West told ESPN.
You just tell your kids that you basically have to look in a different space in terms of what it takes to be successful because this guy just proved that everything we teach our kids about manners and etiquette, all thats out the window, West continued. Its a very difficult pill to swallow.