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Steve Kerr on profane outburst toward refs: ‘I need to do better’

Steve Kerr got sort of angry on Thursday when the Golden State Warriors beat the San Antonio Spurs. Not about the win, of course, but about the officiating.

And the officials don’t like him when he’s angry. The Internet does, though.

Video of Kerr saying some highly explicit things to referees was everywhere, and perhaps was surprising to some considering Kerr’s normally genial nature.

On Saturday night, Kerr apologized for using those choice words, focusing on how it impacted his own image and his daughter.


“I need to do better. Honestly, I need to do better,” he said. “That was embarrassing. My daughter sent me the meme of it. It was all over the internet. I just hung my head in shame. I am very passionate and intense, but I can’t use that kind of wording. I would never say that to anybody in a normal setting. It’s just awful. When I saw that, I was like, ‘Oh, my God. What’s the matter with me?’”

“I’m always going to get on refs to stick up for my guys, and that’s the point, but I can’t use that kind of language.”

Kerr later joked and said Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was the one who taught him to go after officials, “You’re the one who taught me that stuff, Pop.”

Popovich was ejected late in the game for jawing at officials, but the Spurs couldn’t rally.

Neither is expected to be fined by the league.