Just as he did with Hurricane Harvey, JJ Watt of the Houston Texans is stepping up for the families of the Santa Fe shooting victims.
Watt has offered to pay for the funerals of all of the victims in yesterday's massacre. Watt raised $37 million on his own in the aftermath of Harvey.
Houston’s sports franchises and sports stars are speaking out, as well. The Astros held a moment of silence before last night's game against the Cleveland for the victims. And before that moment of silence, during his daily meeting with reporters in the dugout, manager A.J. Hinch talked about his frustrations with the current situation.
“Thoughts and prayers are great. They are not fixing the problem. Whether it’s guns, safety or security, I just want answers. I don’t want to offer any more condolences. I just want answers,” Hinch said.
The Houston Rockets are getting ready for Game Three of the Western Conference Finals this weekend in Oakland. Star guard Chris Paul, after practice on Friday, told reporters he wants the same thing that Hinch does; answers.
“We gotta do something about it. I can’t imagine something taking place like that with my kids,” Paul explained.
Watt, for his Hurricane Harvey work, was named, along with Jose Altuve of the Astros, as Sports Illustrated's ‘Sportsmen of the Year.’