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Steve Kerr critical of Mitch McConnell, Donald Trump after mass shootings

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Steve Kerr critical of Mitch McConnell, Donald Trump after mass shootings

LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- Gregg Popovich and Steve Kerr have different approaches to the game of basketball, but on social and political issues, they often walk in lockstep. 

On Tuesday at Team USA basketball training camp, the Popovich was asked about the mass shooting that took place in both El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio over the weekend that killed over 30 people. 

“It’d be a lot better if people in power got off their a--es and got something done,” the Spurs coach said.

Kerr was asked a similar question and had no problem expressing his opinion on the subject as well. 

“When you have 97 percent of the people in the country that want universal background checks and the senate ... not won't pass it, won't even vote on it because Mitch McConnell won't allow them to vote on it because the NRA has bought him off, then you have a problem,” Kerr told media members in Las Vegas, Nev.

“I think that’s the issue,” the Kerr continued. “We have to have elected leaders who are willing to value human life over their own jobs and their contributions from the NRA.” 

Senate Majority Leader McConnell wasn’t the only person Kerr was asked about. When pressed on what he would say to President Donald Trump, if given an opportunity, the Warriors coach shook his head.

“Nothing, I wouldn’t bother talking to him,” Kerr said. 

An outspoken proponent of gun safety and gun reform, Kerr is involved with the Brady Campaign, the Sandy Hook Promise and March for Our Lives campaigns and has no problem discussing difficult subjects with the media in the past. 

He’s used his platform as a successful NBA coach to voice his opinion on a multitude of subjects and clearly isn’t shying away from the questions.

Following the main media scrum, Kerr took a moment to discuss the difficulty of talking basketball one moment and then wrestling with an important social or political topic the next.

“The only reason I talk about that stuff is because I’m passionate about it,” Kerr told NBC Sports Bay Area. “If you asked me about mechanical engineering I wouldn’t know what the hell I was talking about and I wouldn’t answer it.”

“If you want to talk to me about gun safety measures or political rhetoric, I’m very interested in that stuff,” Kerr added. 

Like Popovich, Kerr seems to have found his voice. Kerr's father, Malcolm, was assassinated by gunmen in Lebanon in 1984 and the Warriors coach has not shied away from expressing his opinions on gun control. Kerr has a platform and he is using it to express his beliefs

“I’ve grown a lot more comfortable speaking about it as I’ve gotten older and hopefully wiser,” Kerr said. “I don’t know if that’s true - I can’t hold my tongue sometimes and I’m always getting in trouble, but I think now is the time when all of us as Americans have to speak out and have our voices heard and let our elected officials know that what’s happening in so many cases is unacceptable. We’ve got to hold them accountable to protect us and so I encourage everybody to speak strongly for what they believe in.” 

Sticking to basketball is no longer an option for Kerr. Love it or hate it, that is his right as a US citizen. 

Steph Curry forcefully responds to Donald Trump's remarks on Baltimore

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Steph Curry forcefully responds to Donald Trump's remarks on Baltimore

It's been a while since Steph Curry has gone directly at President Donald Trump on Twitter, but that's exactly what he did Saturday.

In an early morning tweet, President Trump called the city of Baltimore a "disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess." Those words caught the attention of CNN anchor Victor Blackwell, who responded with an emotional monologue defending his hometown.

Blackwell's words caused Curry to react. The Warriors superstar defended Baltimore and took shots at President Trump.

Curry wasn't the only member of the Warriors franchise encouraging people to watch Blackwell's monologue. His coach, Steve Kerr, got in on the act, too.

Nearly two years ago, Curry and Trump got into a war of words over the Warriors' invitation to the White House to celebrate their 2017 NBA title.

After Curry said he didn't want to go to the White House, President Trump withdrew the team's invite.

Instead of going to the White House that year, the Warriors spent time with school children in the Washington D.C. area.

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Curry knows the difference between right and wrong. The words directed by President Trump at the citizens of Baltimore were wrong.

Kudos to Curry for saying the right thing at the right moment.

Women's World Cup: Megan Rapinoe stands by remark after Donald Trump rebuke

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Women's World Cup: Megan Rapinoe stands by remark after Donald Trump rebuke

Megan Rapinoe said what she meant and meant what she said.

One day after President Donald Trump scolded the United States Women's National Team midfielder for saying she wouldn't go "to the f----ing White House," Rapinoe stood strong in her stance.

"I stand by the comments I made about not going to the White House, with the exception of the expletive. My mom will be very upset about that," Rapinoe said Thursday. "But I think with a lot of passion, considering how much time and effort and pride we take in the platform that we have, and using it for good and for leaving the game in a better place and hopefully the world.

"I don't think that I would want to go [to the White House], and I would encourage my teammates to think hard about lending that platform or having that co-opted by an administration that doesn't feel the same way and that doesn't fight for the same things that we fight for."

Visiting President Trump's White House has become a hot-button issue for a number of sports teams, but Rapinoe isn't concerned about her comments ruffling feathers in the locker room.

"No, I'm not worried about destabilizing the dressing room," Rapinoe said. "I think we have an incredibly strong dressing room. We're very open with each other. Obviously, everyone knows who I am. I didn't make the comments at a press conference here. They were made months ago and just kind of resurfacing. I think if anything it just fires everybody up a little bit more."

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Rapinoe and the USWNT now must turn their attention to a quarterfinal showdown with host nation France on Friday. The Americans barely squeaked past Spain in the Round of 16, but Rapinoe, Alex Morgan and Co. will need to bring their A-game if they are to get by France and continue their 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup title quest.