Warriors Coach Steve Kerr Hosts Trayvon Martin’s Family at Game vs. Miami Heat

Steve Kerr doesn’t just talk about social issues, though the Golden State Warriors’ head coach does plenty of that. He also backs up his words with actions, as he did Friday night for his team’s game against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena.

According to NBC Sports Bay Area, Steve invited the family of Trayvon Martin—the unarmed African-American teenager who was shot and killed in Sanford, Florida, in 2012—to the Warriors-Heat game. Afterwards, the eight-time NBA champion (five times as a player, three times as a coach) and 2016 Coach of the Year met with Trayvon’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, and wore a wristband that read “I Am Trayvon Martin” to his postgame press conference.

The Kerrs, like the Martins, have been victimized by gun violence. In 1984, Steve’s father, Malcolm, was killed by members of a Lebanese militia called Islamic Jihad while serving as president of the American University of Beirut. Steve has since become an outspoken advocate of gun safety.

 

Josh Martin is the Editorial Director of CloseUp360. He previously covered the NBA for Bleacher Report and USA Today Sports Media Group, and has written for Yahoo! Sports and Complex. He is also the co-host of the Hollywood Hoops podcast. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram.