Packers’ linebacker Clay Matthews discusses the shooting at Borderline Bar in Thousand Oaks, California, which is close to his hometown.
The Los Angeles Kings will go beyond the standard moment of silence when honoring the victims of a mass shooting at a dance bar in Southern California.
They, along with the Minnesota Wild, made a statement during Thursday night’s game at Staples Center with helmet decals and signs that said, “Enough.”
“We want to help amplify the message that enough is enough,” Kings President Luc Robitaille said. “We cannot accept these incidents as a new reality.”
Twelve people, including a law-enforcement official, were killed when a gunman opened fire inside Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California, on Wednesday night.
“I think at some point we all looked at each other and said, ‘It’s enough,'” Robitaille said in a pregame interview on Fox Sports West. “We’ve got to stop the violence. It’s not enough for every sports organization to just do a moment of silence. We need to do more.”
Robitaille noted that the Kings lost employee Christiana Duarte in a mass shooting at a Las Vegas concert venue in October 2017.
“We understand that when his happens, we all feel terrible and next day, most people go about their business, and then two weeks later, it seems to happen again,” Robitaille said. “And that cannot be the reality of our world today. We need to at least get together and see if we can make a difference.”
The team will help out the Thousand Oaks area with two 50-50 raffles and arranging for a blood drive.
The Kings are the latest NHL team that has taken action after a mass shooting.
The Pittsburgh Penguins wore Stronger than Hate patches, auctioned off jerseys and donated nearly $350,000 to the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh to benefit the victims of the Oct. 27 mass shooting that left 11 dead at the Tree of Life Synagogue.
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