Several notable sports figures spoke out over the weekend against Donald Trump’s executive order that bans entry into the United States for citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries.
Among those in the sports world to voice their disapproval were San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, UFC star Ronda Rousey, and U.S. men’s soccer captain Michael Bradley.
You can now add Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr to the list.
Kerr — whose father Malcolm was assassinated in Lebanon by an Islamic jihadist in 1984 — was very candid with his thoughts on the topic after the Warriors’ 113-111 win over the Trail Blazers on Sunday night in Portland:
Steve Kerr gives his candid thoughts on the Muslim Ban. pic.twitter.com/ex1CI7Ob3d
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“I would just say that as someone whose family member was a victim of terrorism, having lost my father, if we’re trying to combat terrorism by banishing people from coming to this country, by really going against the principles of what our country is about and creating fear, it’s the wrong way of going about it. If anything, we could be breeding anger and terror. So I’m completely against what’s happening.”
“I think it’s shocking. It’s a horrible idea. I feel for all the people that are affected. Families are being torn apart, and I worry in the big picture what this means to the security of the world. It’s going about it completely opposite. You want to solve terror, you want to solve crime, this is not the way to do it.”
This is certainly not the first time Kerr has been critical of the Trump presidency. The 2016 NBA Coach of the Year said in November that he was “disgusted and disappointed” with the election, and compared it to The Jerry Springer Show. Kerr also recently mocked White House Press secretary Sean Spicer with “alternative facts” about his playing career.