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Before Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals started, rivals Miami Heat and Boston Celtics took a moment of silence to pay tribute to the victims of the recent Texas shooting, which took away the lives of 19 children and two adults.
After the silence, an announcer told the public, “The Heat urges you to contact your state senators by calling 202-224-3121 to leave a message demanding their support for common sense gun laws. You can also make change at the ballot box,” to which fans responded through cheer and agreement.
Boston took the series with a 3-2 lead against the Heats after their Game 5 win, 93-80. Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum contributed a combined score of 47 points leading the Celtics to only one win to securing the Playoff finals (Brown, 25; Tatum, 22).
“Obviously, everybody says their prayers and condolences to the families of those kids,” Tatum said in an interview, “but at some point, that does get tiring of going through the same process, and the same result keeps happening over and over again.
The shooting happened on Tuesday, when an 18-year-old shooter opened fire on an unsuspecting group inside a Texas elementary school. The recent shooting is the second mass shooting in less than two weeks in America.
“I’m a basketball player, I don’t have a lot of answers,” Tatum added. “But something does have to change in that regard because obviously things like this, unfortunately, continue to happen.”
Meanwhile, Erik Spoelstra, Miami Heat head coach, said that the news was “devastating.”
“It just continues to happen,” he said. “I know everybody is saying that there needs to be a call to action, and I think what this is forcing people to do is just to figure it out, including myself. “We don’t have the answers, but we want to be heard to be able to force change to the people that can actually make the change.”
President Joe Biden, on the other hand, has strongly called on Congress to come up with laws and necessary action that would counter shootings from happening again. Vice President Kamala Harris, on the other hand, is supportive of the call. “As a nation, we have to have the courage to take action and understand the nexus between what makes for reasonable and sensible public policy to ensure something like this never happens again,” Harris said to the media.
“Our prayer tonight is those parents lying in bed trying to figure out, will I be able to sleep again? What do I say to my other children? What happens tomorrow?” the president said in a statement.
Other sports figures have also expressed their stance on the point, all condemning the continued instances of shooting in the country. LA Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said, “To have parents afraid to send their kids to schools, kids being afraid to go to school for their health and well-being, it’s just sad beyond measure.”
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