Sports world reacts to Las Vegas mass shooting
The Sports Xchange
Athletes and teams throughout the sports world expressed their condolences over the mass shooting on the Vegas Strip that left at least 58 dead and more than 500 injured.
A gunman identified as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock opened fire from an automatic weapon late Sunday night from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on a crowd of 22,000 gathered for an outdoor country music concert. The massacre is the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
As the bullets were unleashed, concertgoers screamed and ran for their lives, officials said early Monday morning. As police entered the room, Paddock killed himself and at least 10 rifles were found in the room, Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said.
The Vegas Golden Knights organization issued a statement regarding the tragic events.
“We extend our thoughts, prayers and heartfelt condolences to the victims, their families and all those affected by the tragic events that took place on the Vegas Strip Sunday night,” the NHL team statement read. “We are grateful for our city’s brave first responders, law enforcement and medical personnel and the courage they demonstrated under unimaginable circumstances. We join in our city’s mourning and offer our full support to the people of Las Vegas to help grieve, heal and persevere.”
The Oakland Raiders also put out a statement about their future home:
“The Raiders family is shocked and saddened by the tragedy in Las Vegas and our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, families and first responders. The heart of the Raider Nation goes out to Las Vegas.”
President Donald Trump used a solemn address from the White House on Monday, calling the massacre an “act of pure evil.”
“We cannot fathom their pain, we cannot imagine their loss,” Trump said. “In times such as these I know we are searching for some kind of meaning in the chaos, some kind of light in the darkness. The answers do not come easy. But we can take solace knowing that even the darkest space can be brightened by a single light, and even the most terrible despair can be illuminated by a single ray of hope.”
There will be a moment of silence before Monday night’s NFL game between the Washington Redskins and Kansas City Chiefs.
“At the direction of Commissioner (Roger) Goodell, there be an on-field moment of silence for Las Vegas before tonight’s game,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said, via ESPN. “This will be a moment of reflection for the victims, their families and loved ones and also for the heroic efforts of the first responders.”
Among the athletes tweeting about the shooting were Las Vegas natives Bryce Harper, Kyle Busch and DeMarco Murray.
Harper: “The pride of Vegas runs deep when you are born and raised in such a great town. I can’t fathom the horrific event that has taken place! ... My thoughts and prayers go out to the families that have been affected by this and to all the people that have lost their lives way too soon Las Vegas I love you and stand with you.”
Busch: “Devastated to hear of the senseless tragedy in my hometown. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.”
Murray: “Terrible news coming out of my hometown, praying for all affected by this horrific situation. My thoughts are with the victims and their families.”
UNLV men’s hockey assistant coach Nick Robone was injured in the shooting. The school said Robone is out of surgery and in the intensive care unit. He was shot in the chest but is expected to make a full recovery, according to UNLV.
Several athletes, including British tennis player Laura Robson, were on the strip Sunday night, according to ESPN. Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Mike Timlin was at the concert and tweeted that he is safe, while 2016 Olympic pole vault silver medalist Sandi Morris shared her experience staying at a hotel near the shooting.
“I sat in lock down at the @bluemangroup show for 5 hours, then walked to my hotel through a ghost town Vegas. Heart goes out to all victims,” Morris tweeted, along with a tearful video message.
Athletes and professional teams sent their thoughts and prayers to the victims via Twitter:
Green Bay Packers: “Our deepest sympathies go out to those affected by the tragedy in Las Vegas.”
Cleveland Browns: “Sending our thoughts and prayers to everyone in Las Vegas affected by this tragedy. #PrayForVegas.”
Minnesota Vikings: “We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the victims and families of the Las Vegas tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.”
LeBron James: “Pray for Vegas!! What the hell is going on people!?!? My prayers sent to the heavens above for all the families.”
Arizona Cardinals: “As we wake up to the horrific news out of Las Vegas, our hearts go out to the victims and their loved ones. #PrayForLasVegas.”
Pittsburgh Penguins: “Our hearts are with each and every person impacted by the horrific tragedy in Las Vegas. Our thoughts and prayers are with them all.”
Boston Bruins: “Our hearts go out to Las Vegas and everyone impacted by this tragic event. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.”
Pittsburgh Steelers: “Our thoughts and prayers are with all those impacted by the tragedy in Las Vegas. #PrayForVegas.”
New York Yankees: “We are deeply saddened by the tragedy in Las Vegas. Our thoughts are with the victims, their families, & everyone impacted.”
Boston Red Sox: “We are deeply saddened by today’s tragic news in Las Vegas and the families affected by this tragedy are in our thoughts and prayers.”
Chicago Cubs: “We are deeply saddened by the tragic shooting in Las Vegas. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families.”
New England Patriots: “Our hearts are with everyone affected by last night’s tragedy in Las Vegas. Sending our thoughts & prayers to the victims & their families.”
Chris Paul: “My thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by this horrific incident. #PrayForVegas.”
Mark Cuban: “Prayers to those impacted by the tragedy in Las Vegas. We share the pain of those who lost loved ones and offer hope to those recovering.”
Carli Lloyd: “Waking up to news like this in Vegas is absolutely disgusting. Cannot believe what is happening in this country and world.”
Washington Redskins: “Sending our thoughts and prayers to those impacted by the tragedy in Las Vegas.”
Los Angeles Chargers: “On behalf of the entire Chargers organization, our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by the tragedy in Las Vegas.”
Los Angeles Rams: Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and families of those affected by the tragedy in Las Vegas.”
Chicago Bears: “Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by the tragedy in Las Vegas>’
Chicago Bulls: “Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the victims, families and those affected by the tragedy in Las Vegas.”
Dallas Cowboys: “Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and all those affected by the tragedy in Las Vegas.”
Dak Prescott: “Pray For Vegas!!”
Philadelphia Eagles: “Our thoughts are with the victims and all those who have been impacted by the tragedy in Las Vegas.”
Carson Wentz: “So much hate and evil. So sad. The World needs Jesus in a bad way. Praying for all those affected in Vegas.”
Pete Carroll: “Sending thoughts and prayers out to Las Vegas. Heartbroken. Such a tragedy.”
Alexandra Raisman: “WHY is this horrible person allowed to have a gun? WHY. This has to stop. Why is it so easy for crazy people to have guns? I’m disgusted.”
Dale Earnhardt Jr.: “In disbelief over Vegas shooting. My heart and thoughts are with the injured and the families who are dealing with unimaginable loss.”
Danica Patrick: “Getting sick of waking up to a world that shows so much hate and anger. More love. Def more love for the innocent suffering in Las Vegas.”
Elliott Sadler: “So shocked and feeling for those involved in Las Vegas .. thoughts and prayers to all those involved.. so sad...”
Buffalo Bills: “The hearts of the entire Bills family are with all those affected by the terrible tragedy in Las Vegas. Sending love, thoughts and prayers.”
Kansas City Chiefs: “Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and all those affected by the tragedy in Las Vegas.”
Denver Broncos: “Our thoughts are with the victims and families of those affected by the tragedy in Las Vegas. #PrayForLasVegas.”
San Francisco 49ers: “On behalf of the entire 49ers organization, we are deeply saddened by today’s horrific news in Las Vegas. Sending thoughts and prayers to the families and all those affected by this tragedy.”
New York Jets: “Our hearts are with all the victims and families affected by the tragedy in Las Vegas.”