SYRACUSE, N.Y. - You truly never know what's going to happen when Syracuse Orange men's basketball head coach Jim Boeheim holds a press conference, and Monday's post-game presser following his 900th victory in the wake of the school shooting in Newtown, CT served to be an example of that.
Following 15 minutes of talking about his team's close victory over Detroit, former teammate and Hall of Fame basketball player Dave Bing being at his side during a milestone win and the end of newspapers; the Hall of Fame coach took a stance in favor of new gun control legislation.
Here's a transcript of Boeheim's comments:
"This will probably offend some people,'' Boeheim said, prefacing his remarks. "If we in this country as Americans cannot get the people that represent us to do something about firearms, we are a sad, sad society. I'm a hunter. I've hunted. I'm not talking about rifles. That's fine. If one person in this world; the NRA president, anybody, can tell me why we need assault weapons with 30 shots in the thing. This is our fault. This is my fault and your fault. All of your faults if we don't get out and do something about this.''
"I saw one guy, a representative I was very proud of, somebody in his state had just come out and said ‘We need more guns. We don't need less. We need to give teachers gun so they can shoot people.' Yeah, that's really good thinking to do that.
"If we can't get this thing done, I'm with the mayor of New York City, if we can't get this thing done, I don't know what kind of country we have. This is about us. This isn't about the President or those other people down there. We have to make them understand somehow that this needs to get figured out. Real quick. Not six months from now.''
Update: On Tuesday morning, Boeheim joined ESPN's sports talk radio show Mike & Mike in the Morning and went even further with his gun control beliefs when he was asked why he chose to bring up the topic at the press conference.
"If we can't get our people in Congress and President to understand that and get them to move on that, and not grandfather in assault rifles, I mean, lets get rid of them," Boeheim said. "They do in other countries and other countries are safer. Why can't we do that. We need to ask ourselves that question."
Boeheim is a father of four children: Elizabeth, James, Jack and Jamie.