Dick Vitale has been active on Twitter on Friday. First, he took to the social media platform to talk about Yahoo's bombshell report into college basketball. Now, he's commenting on another trending topic in our society.
Vitale, responding to a post from Adam Zagoria, suggested that he would not have been comfortable carrying a gun back when he was a teacher. His response makes it clear that he isn't for the idea of teachers carrying guns to defend their classrooms against school shooters.
Zagoria's tweet comes in response to President Donald Trump's suggestion that a teacher, if armed, would have "shot the hell out of" the Parkland, Florida shooter last week. Many are debating whether arming teachers is the right move.
Trump is also suggesting that teachers who carry guns get an extra "bonus."
"These people are cowards. They're not going to walk into a school if 20% of the teachers have guns -- it may be 10% or may be 40%. And what I'd recommend doing is the people that do carry, we give them a bonus. We give them a little bit of a bonus," Trump said. "They'll frankly feel more comfortable having the gun anyway. But you give them a little bit of a bonus."
Vitale, before joining ESPN was both a coach and a teacher. He worked at Garfield High School and East Rutherford High School (both in New Jersey) before joining the college ranks at Rutgers as an assistant.
He later was the head coach for Detroit and the Detroit Pistons.