Jazz coaches, players react to Connecticut shooting

By jody genessey

Deseret News

Published: Friday, Dec. 14 2012 11:13 p.m. MST

PHOENIX — Tyrone Corbin, a father of two, became a bit teary-eyed while speaking about Friday's tragic shooting and openly wondered why anybody would "take those innocent kids' lives" as happened in Newtown, Conn.

"You feel for the parents," the Utah Jazz coach said. "You feel for the city and the school. It's just a tough thing."

Jazz point guard Mo Williams, a father of five, had similar feelings.

"It hurt. It hurt my heart. Those are innocent children," Williams said. "That was something he had going on personally in his household, and he took it out on innocent victims."

Williams said playing basketball provides "therapy" for the time the game is played, but he found it hard to dwell on this unimaginable event and to think about it possibly involving his family.

"I know my kids are safe. Their mom (does) a great job," Williams said. "This job takes us away from my family a lot. That's nothing new. At the same time, it's just the fact that my heart went out to those kids that was lost.. ... A tragedy like that is devastating."

Coaches, players

react to shooting

PHOENIX — Tyrone Corbin, a father of two, became a bit teary-eyed while speaking about Friday's tragic shooting and openly wondered why anybody would "take those innocent kids' lives" as happened in Newtown, Conn.

"You feel for the parents," the Utah Jazz coach said. "You feel for the city and the school. It's just a tough thing."

Jazz point guard Mo Williams, a father of five, had similar feelings.

"It hurt. It hurt my heart. Those are innocent children," Williams said. "That was something he had going on personally in his household, and he took it out on innocent victims."

Williams said playing basketball provides "therapy" for the time the game is played, but he found it hard to dwell on this unimaginable event and to think about it possibly involving his family.

"I know my kids are safe. Their mom (does) a great job," Williams said. "This job takes us away from my family a lot. That's nothing new. At the same time, it's just the fact that my heart went out to those kids that was lost.. ... A tragedy like that is devastating."

— Jody Genessy

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