The New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Ray used their social media accounts to raise awareness of gun violence on Thursday, instead of covering their Major League Baseball (MLB) game in the wake of mass shootings in Buffalo and Ubalade, Texas.
An 18-year-old gunman armed with a semi-automatic rifle attacked a Texas elementary school on Tuesday, killing 19 children and two teachers, just days after a gunman shot dead 10 shoppers at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York.
“In lieu of game coverage and in collaboration with Tampa Bay Ray, we will use our channels to provide information on the effects of gun violence,” the Yankees said in a statement.
“The tragedy that befell Uvalade, Buffalo and countless other communities across our country is a tragedy that is unbearable.”
The Ray said the shots “could not be normal” and that they had promised gun control group Everitown $ 50,000 for gun safety.
Throughout their game on Thursday, both teams continued to post information about gun violence on their social media profiles, including links to sources and helpline numbers. Neither team released the result of the game.
Uvalde follows school shooting, Steve Kerr, coach NBAIts Golden State Warriors, at a pre-game press conference, refuses to talk about basketball and instead calls for stricter gun control.
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