Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr is an enigma.
His father was killed by terrorists in Lebanon, yet Kerr continues to trash President Donald J. Trump, a hawk dealing with terrorism.
On January 18, 1984, Malcolm Kerr, working at American University of Beirut, was shot in the back of the head outside his office. A group called Islamic Holy War took responsibility a few days later.
Steve Kerr was 18 when his 52-year-old father was assassinated. It was a devastating family tragedy.
The Kerr family sued the Iranian government over the assassination.
So you would think Kerr would respect Trump, who is not only a pit bull in dealing with Iran, but also wants to eradicate terrorists like the one’s who killed his father.
After recent terror attacks in the United Kingdom and Egypt, Trump said, “This year, the (Ramadan) holiday begins as the world mourns the innocent victims of barbaric terrorist attacks in the United Kingdom and Egypt. Such acts only steel our resolve to defeat the terrorists and their perverted ideology. I reiterate my message delivered in Riyadh: America will always stand with our partners against terrorism and the ideology that fuels it. During this month of Ramadan, let us be resolved to spare no measure so that we may ensure that future generations will be free of this scourge and able to worship and commune in peace.”
Shouldn’t Kerr respect somebody who speaks this way, considering his own family tragedy? But no, Kerr despises Trump, and often rips him to the sports media
His latest shots at Trump were last week to Sports Illustrated when he told reporter Chris Ballard the president is “ill-suited to be president because he’s a blowhard.”
On January 30, Kerr blasted Trump’s temporary travel ban of citizens from seven terror-laden countries due to vetting concerns.
“We’re really going against the principles of what our country’s about,” Kerr said, “and creating fear, it’s the wrong way to go about it.”
What is the right way to go? Kerr’s plan to deal with the worldwide terrorist issue is unclear. The sole purpose of Trump’s executive order, overturned by judges, was to keep American’s safe, which is the number one job of the president.
On election day, Kerr also blasted Trump.
“All of a sudden you’re faced with the reality that the man who’s gonna lead you has routinely used racist, misogynist, insulting words,” Kerr said.
Kerr said he had to console his players after the election result.
“You walk in and see the faces of your players, most of them who have been insulted directly as minorities, it’s very shocking,” Kerr said.
How Trump insulted Kerr’s players, mostly African-Americans, is a mystery.
Trump laced into the terrorists behind the Manchester attack, which should be music to Kerr’s ears.
“So many young, beautiful, innocent people living and enjoying their lives, murdered by evil losers,” Trump said about the Manchester bombing, “I won’t call them monsters because they would like that term, they would think that is a great name. I will call them, from now on, losers because that’s what they are: losers.”
Surely Kerr feels the men who killed his father are “losers.”
You would think arming the Kurds to fight ISIS and dropping the “mother of all bombs” on militants in Afghanistan, would lead to some respect from Kerr. You would think Kerr would appreciate the president’s dogged determination in dealing with terrorists.
But, it doesn’t seem that way.