Celtics’ Ime Udoka and Jayson Tatum Weigh In On Mass Shooting at Texas School – NBC New York

​National tragedies affect everyone in different ways, and Ime Udoka took a moment Wednesday to reflect on the recent horrifying mass shootings in the United States.

The Boston Celtics head coach shared a personal reaction to Tuesday’s news that an 18-year-old gunman killed at least 19 children and two teachers at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas — the second mass shooting in the past two weeks and the Deadliest school shooting since the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.

“After all those years in San Antonio, Uvalde is very close,” said Udoka, who spent seven seasons as Spurs’ assistant coach from 2012-2019. “You see the signs all the time. minutes drive away. A tragic situation, obviously, for this community and for our country in general.”

Udoka and his fiancee Nia Long also have a 10-year-old son, and it was very difficult for Udoka to learn that many of the victims of Tuesday’s massacre were around his son’s age.

“That’s the first thing that comes to mind when you’re a father to a 10-year-old fourth grader,” Udoka said. “To be honest, getting those calls or those frantic texts is just unimaginable to be in this situation as a parent.”

Udoka also expressed frustration that we’ve been here before: There have been 14 mass shootings at US schools since the Columbine massacre in 1999, killing a total of 169 people, and yet gun control laws have remained largely unchanged over the last two decades.

“Her heart goes out to the whole community, the country in general and the school, but it seems like these things are continuing to happen and aren’t much of a wake-up call. Nothing really changes,” said Udoka. “So that’s what stands out. It’s like ‘What’s next?’

“Things happened in Buffalo last week, this one (in Texas) yesterday, and the first thing on your mind as a parent is, ‘What’s going to happen? What will change?’ And that’s sort of the underlying theme: so far, not much is changing as a result of these incidents.

“You look back at Sandy Hook, Columbine, all the incidents of my life growing up and not much has changed in the rules and regulations and gun laws. Altogether a difficult situation. I’m in this church in San Antonio, it hit me.”

Celtics star Jayson Tatum also on Wednesday called Tuesday’s shooting “sick” and took to social media to amplify Steve Kerr’s impassioned plea for a change in US gun laws

“What happened yesterday in Texas was devastating,” Tatum said. “It’s sad that it’s becoming something we’re going numb to, and it really is. What happened yesterday was disgusting.

“Of course everyone sends their prayers and condolences to the families of these children, but at some point it gets tiring going through the same process and getting the same result over and over again.”

This is a live update. For full coverage of the Uvalde, Texas school shooting, click here.

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