Steve Kerr‘s father was killed while serving as president of The American University of Beirut in the Middle East — he knows something about the true price of being an American under fire. Kerr was in college at the time, and had no idea what was in store for him professionally. That tale unfolded in waves of glory, as Kerr teamed with the likes of NBA legends Michael Jordan and Tim Duncan to win five NBA titles as a player. As head coach of the Golden State Warriors, Kerr has won another three, making him an 8x NBA champ.
But Kerr isn’t one to just “shut up and dribble” as conservative critics have advised NBA superstar LeBron James to do. Kerr believes he’s more than a basketball player/coach and that he — and for that matter everyone — has a responsibility to speak out as a citizen when something isn’t right. Into that category falls President Trump‘s most recent tweets, widely considered to be racist in both content and intent. “Show some leadership,” Kerr told members of Congress.
Kerr wants members of Congress to “call out” the President on his racism. Kerr believes it’s part of their job to do so, and that job is funded by the taxpayers. Each congressperson who fails to respond also happens to be collecting a paycheck from the US citizenry — to the tune of $174,000 a year. Kerr contends they are not earning their money without confronting these tweets and their issuer.