Press conferences by professional trainers are a site that is sometimes used for misleading headlines. Liverpool football manager Jurgen Klopp pointed this out a short while ago when asked about his opinion on the corona virus. “People like me, without the necessary knowledge, should not say anything,” J ஜூrgen Klopp replied, “my opinion is really unimportant.” Instead, real experts should comment on such a topic, as are virologists and epidemiologists.
However, the situation is different when it comes to social or political issues, because professional trainers will always be a part of the community and the most important of them. Some viewers and fans may be guided by their political attitudes, while others may rub them off. They are especially credible when political interests are combined with personal experience, “expertise” if you will. Just like Steve Kerr.
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Immediately after the school shooting in Uvalde, the NBA club’s Golden State Warriors’ basketball coach in a highly emotional two-and-a-half-minute speech to 50 U.S. senators finally called for an end to their siege and access to weapons. America is very difficult. “When are we going to do anything about this?” Kerr rang the microphone, “I’m tired of the minute silence, stop!” His frustration and bewilderment was reflected on his face after the tragic deaths of children and teachers. Every second.
Because Steve Kerr lost his father in a crime. His father, Malcolm Kerr, Rector of the American University of Beirut, was shot dead in 1984 in Lebanon by two gunmen belonging to the Islamic Jihad terrorist group. Steve Kerr was 18 at the time. Years later, after so many American school shootings, he said, “I know how it feels.”
That is what makes his two-and-a-half-minute press conference so powerful: the credible bewilderment of the former champion coach and the Chicago Bulls and San Antonio Spurs. President Donald Trump. Why the video went viral on social networks after the insane act, millions of people saw his desperate plea. His message, Steve Kerr can be heard for sure.
Now something has to change.
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