A.J. Hinch

The shootings at a high school in Santa Fe, Texas Friday that left at least 10 dead sparked plenty of comment from sports figures, and a couple of particularly notable comments came from Houston Astros’ manager A.J. Hinch and Houston Rockets’ guard Chris Paul. Hinch told reporters the repeated numbers of shootings across the U.S. make him angry, and he wants answers, not just more thoughts and prayers:

Here’s a transcription of that from Chandler Rome of The Houston Chronicle:

Similarly, before taking questions from reporters after the Rockets’ practice Friday, Paul made a statement about the shootings:

“First and foremost, aside from the playoffs that’s going on, which is minor compared to what’s taking place down in Santa Fe, I think our prayers go out to the victims and the families having to deal with that situation. We have a lot of fan support there. Those people come support us night in and night out, so this is very minor compared to what those people there are dealing with.”

And in response to a question about his thoughts, he called for action:

“It’s tough, man. It’s scary that that’s becoming a norm here. We gotta do something about it. I can’t imagine something like that taking place with my kids.”

Other Texas teams and athletes made statements and expressed their condolences, but the comments by Hinch and Paul are perhaps particularly notable for their push for change.

[The Sporting News]

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Andrew Bucholtz is a staff writer for Awful Announcing and The Comeback. He previously worked at Yahoo! Sports Canada and Black Press.