Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 12/15/12
Friday was one of those days when no one wanted to play or talk about sports. As news broke about a shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., sports stars joined the rest of the nation in trying to figure out what happened and if anything could be done to help the pain. The NFL announced that its teams will hold a moment of silence before their games this week. Kevin Durant inscribed his shoes to let everyone know where his thoughts were. Celtics coach Doc Rivers struggled with how to deal with the news. “I don’t know what right answer is [in whether I should address the team],” Rivers said, according to The Boston Globe. “I know a lot of our guys are talking about it. It was awful, just awful day. It really is. This is our jobs. You know? This is not a game for us. This is what we do but when something like this happens, it supersedes job and everything else. As a parent, this is awful, awful what happened. “I saw a guy do an interview there with a Celtics shirt on. So that does make it part of our community, that area. It’s probably 50-50 Celtics or Knicks in Connecticut. But this is a national incident. I think it hits home because we’re all parents and it’s just senseless.” And, all across the sports world, athletes took to social media to share their thoughts. See what they had to say: We must wake up, the time is now evil is now attacking our kids. Lord please show us another way, why so much... fb.me/1puB1r88q— Ray Lewis (@raylewis) December 14, 2012 Thoughts and prayers go out to Sandy Hook Elementary. Lord help us.— Wes Welker (@WesWelker) December 14, 2012 No one wants anything like this to ever happen again...especially to children. Let's explore ALL avenues to hopefully curb these atrocities.— Donte' Stallworth (@DonteStallworth) December 15, 2012 Pray for all that families there were affected by the tragic unfortunate events in Connecticut.— Patrick willis (@PatrickWillis52) December 14, 2012 I may not be a parent, but I can not begin to imagine how it feels to have my child's life taken away. And No one ever should— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) December 14, 2012 Thoughts and prayers are with the victims families and everyone affected by CT tragedy. When's the madness going to end! #SandyHook— Brian Gionta (@Giostyle21) December 14, 2012 Wondering how a man could walk into a school and kill innocent young children for no reason. Such a cowardly act.— Reggie Bush (@reggie_bush) December 15, 2012 Deeply saddened by the senseless act of violence in Newtown, Connecticut. Prayers go out to those who lost loved ones in this tragedy.— Troy Aikman (@TroyAikman) December 14, 2012 My heart and deepest felt sympathies go out to the families of the victims of the shooting in Connecticut.— Stewart Bradley (@StewBradley) December 14, 2012 It makes me sick. Seriously mind blowing how sick people can be... Heart also goes out to similar school attack that happened in China today— Stewart Bradley (@StewBradley) December 14, 2012 My heart breaks for the families of those killed in Newtown, Conn. It is so senseless. I am angry, disgusted, but most of all extremely sad— Drew Brees (@drewbrees) December 14, 2012 Just saw my boys walk in from school. Hugged them tight. Can't imagine the loss 4 families in newtown. We're supposed 2 PROTECT our kids!!— Way of WADE (@DwyaneWade) December 14, 2012 Prayers....for the families, teachers, community...all involved....praying 4 peace for the children who were witnesses.— Way of WADE (@DwyaneWade) December 14, 2012 This is really messing with my mind. Kids is everything to me! And of course i have 2 of my own in elementary school as well. I can't....— LeBron James (@KingJames) December 14, 2012 WTH!! Once again our country is going through another horrific tragedy. Prayers goes out to all the families in Connecticut. I'm sick!— LeBron James (@KingJames) December 14, 2012 imagine it happening to my kids school. I and the rest of the families would be devastated! Something has to be done. Land of the free, BS!— LeBron James (@KingJames) December 14, 2012 Moving words by president @BarackObama . I hope everyone feels the same way. politi.co/Ui5YaJ— Pau Gasol (@paugasol) December 14, 2012 Saying A Prayer For All The Families Affected By The Horrific Shooting In Connecticut... Need To Get These Guns Off The Streets...— Carlos Boozer (@MisterCBooz) December 14, 2012 can't imagine the pain the parents and family of the victims! my heart goes out to them!— Juan Pablo Montoya (@jpmontoya) December 14, 2012 I'm so sad here thinking of all those kids and family tragedy what else need to happen ... Really Really Sad— Max Papis (@maxpapis) December 14, 2012 Photo via Facebook/News10

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