Jim Boeheim won his 900th career game on Monday night when Syracuse held off Detroit for a 72-68 victory. It would have been perfectly natural for Boeheim, only the third coach in Division I men’s basketball reach that plateau, to use the media attention on him after the fact for self-serving reasons. Maybe to shine a bit of light on his storied career. Maybe to reemphasize his major accomplishments.
Boeheim didn’t do that, though. Rather than making the night all about him, he turned everybody's focus onto the Sandy Hook shooting rampage that resulted in 26 people (20 children) being murdered
"This will probably offend some people,'' Boeheim said after the game (via Yahoo! Sports).
"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.''
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Gun control is one of the most divisive issues in our society today. Regardless of whether you agree or disagree with Boeheim’s stance, it’s hard not to respect the fact that he isn’t afraid to let it be known.
(Kudos Yahoo! Sports)