President Donald Trump’s most recent executive order, one that banned anyone holding passports from seven specific countries from entering the United States (even those with already valid visas) caused quite a stir on the weekend. The order created chaos at many airports, as travelers who expected to have no problems coming back to their homes were suddenly detained or turned away at the border.
Steve Kerr wasn’t the only notable person from the world of sports to make their feelings known about the decision, but his comments are among the most sincere and insightful. After the Golden State Warriors beat the Trail Blazers 113-111 in Portland on Sunday night, Kerr spoke out about Trump’s immigration decision. It should be noted that Kerr has suffered directly from terrorism, as his father Malcom was murdered by Jihadist terrorists just a few feet outside his office when he was the president of the American University of Beirut. It’s not something that Kerr keeps secret, but he’s also been reluctant to fully open up about it.
“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 and a horrible idea, and I really feel for all the people who are affected and the families that are being torn apart. I worry in the big picture what this means to the security of the world. He’s going about it completely the opposite; you want to solve terror? You want to solve crime? This is not the way to do it.”
Kerr also said that he talks to his players about current political events, but they have yet to discuss the new immigration ban as a team due to their busy schedules.