Steve Kerr has spoken intelligently about social issues like gun violence in the past, so it came as little surprise that the Golden State Warriors head coach would launch into a characteristically eloquent rant about president-elect Donald Trump during his pregame press conference.
Before the Warriors hosted the Dallas Mavericks, Kerr was asked if he had any thoughts on the takedown delivered by Stan Van Gundy — the head coach of the Detroit Pistons — who’d spent six minutes railing against Trump earlier in the day.
“I don’t think anybody can deny this guy is openly and brazenly racist and misogynistic,” Van Gundy said, per the Detroit Free Press. “We have just thrown a good part of our population under the bus, and I have problems with thinking this is where we are as a country.”
Kerr had heard Van Gundy’s words and he agreed with them.
“I thought it took a lot of guts for Stan to say what he did and I think a lot of us feel similarly,” Kerr said.
“For me, probably the biggest disappointment with this election was the level of discourse. There should be some level of decorum and respect and dignity that goes with the election. And it was like [that] went out the window.
“Maybe we should have seen it coming over the last 10 years. You look at society, you look at what’s popular. People getting paid millions of dollars to go at TV and scream at each other – whether it’s in sports or politics or entertainment.
“And I guess it was only a matter of time before it spilled into politics, but then you’re faced with the reality that the man who’s going to lead you has routinely used racist, misogynist, insulting words. That’s a tough one. That’s a tough one.
“I wish him well. I hope he’s a good president. I have no idea what kind of president he’ll be because he hasn’t said anything about what he’s going to do.
“We don’t know, but it’s tough when you want there to be some respect and dignity and there hasn’t been any and then you walk into a room with your daughter and your wife who’ve basically been insulted by his comments and they’re distraught. Then you walk in and see the faces of your players – most of them who have been insulted directly as minorities – it’s very shocking, it really is.
“So, we talked about it as a team this morning and I don’t know what else to say. It’s just the whole process has left all of us I think feeling just kind of disgusted and disappointed. I thought we were better than this.
“I thought the Jerry Springer Show was the Jerry Springer Show. But watching the last debate, Trump would make a crack at [Hillary] Clinton and you’d hear the fans in the stands: ‘Ooooo! No he didn’t!’ Like yeah he did. This is a presidential election – not the Jerry Springer show.
“So, I’m sorry. This is my rant. I’m disappointed in the lack of respect and dignity that’s involved and that’s the way it goes”
— Former Dubs center Andrew Bogut, back in the building as a member of the Mavs, didn’t strike nearly as diplomatic a tone when asked about the mood of team owner and Clinton supporter, Mark Cuban.