Shortly after a police officer in Kansas City, Kansas was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting Tuesday, Phoenix Suns coach and Kansas City native Earl Watson used his Facebook page to express sadness and disappointment.
Watson, who graduated from Washington High School in Kansas City, wrote that violence is not the answer and called for a rejection of the "social divide" that has widened in recent weeks.
Suns coach Earl Watson has strong words as he mourns loss of cop killed in his hometown of Kansas City, Kan., today. pic.twitter.com/YPGntF4Bf6
— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpearsESPN) July 19, 2016
Watson's brother, a retired police officer, was shot and killed two years ago.
"If you lose a brother who passes away way before his time, it's always on your mind," Watson told the Kansas City Star in April. "My greatest revenge has always been success. I want to do right and live right. That's the best thing I can do as far as mourning my brother."