Sports world responds to Texas shooting: 'Devastated doesn’t even begin to describe it'

The Dallas Mavericks and Golden State Warriors held a moment of silence before tipoff at American Airlines Center for the victims, survivors and their families affected by the recent tragedies in the state of Texas.


Editor's Note: The following story contains details about gun violence, and may be distressing for some readers.


Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James is asking "when is enough enough?" after the latest mass shooting in the United States which saw at least 19 children and two adults murdered at a school in Texas.

The Associated Press called the shooting the deadliest school shooting since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., nearly 10 years ago.

In a tweet, James sent condolences to the families impacted by the shooting but then expressed anger at a system that frequently sees people killed at schools.

"These are kids and we keep putting them in harms way at school," James wrote. "Like seriously "AT SCHOOL" where it's (supposed) to be the safest!"

Other athletes from across the sports world expressed similar sadness and anger following the shooting.

"Another day, another senseless act of Gun Violence," Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence wrote on Twitter. "I will continue to use my platform to build up better leaders because our leadership today has let us down time & time again!!"

JJ Watt — a longtime Houston Texans star and current Arizona Cardinals defensive end — wrote "Devastated doesn’t even begin to describe it."

On Monday the FBI released new statistics that said active shooter incidents are on the rise across the United States and have increased by 97 per cent since 2017. Tuesday's shooting in Texas comes 10 days after a gunman killed 10 people while targeting the Black community at a grocery store in Buffalo, N.Y.

In the aftermath of the Buffalo shooting, members of the Bills attended a vigil that honoured those who lost their lives in that attack.

"Somebody gotta do something!!!!" Bills star receiver Stefon Diggs wrote on Twitter after the Texas shooting. "Like forget all the excuses or reasons those are little kids!!!"

Below is just a sampling of the many expressions of grief shared by members of the sports community following the shooting in Texas.

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