Chris Paul, whose Houston Rockets are in the middle of a deep playoff run, was vocal about the mass shooting, saying that the postseason right now is taking a backseat to this tragedy.
"Our prayers go out to the victims and the families having to deal with that situation," Paul said, adding the Rockets get a lot of support from the Santa Fe community.
Paul later tweeted, "We need to do better by our children. #BiggerThanBasketball"
The Rockets and the Fertitta family tweeted their thoughts for Santa Fe.
Thinking of our neighbors in Santa Fe from @ToyotaCenter— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) May 18, 2018
Statement from the Tilman Fertitta family: pic.twitter.com/klVAx2oj0A— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) May 18, 2018
The Houston Astros, who begin a series at home Friday, said it will hold a moment of silence before the series-opening match. Texas flags at Minute Maid Park will also fly at half-staff "in support and memory of the victims and their families."
Astros players like Carlos Correa also expressed sympathy for the victims.
Prayers Up for Santa Fe 🙏🏽— Carlos Correa (@TeamCJCorrea) May 18, 2018
Manager A.J. Hinch expressed frustration over the latest school shooting in the U.S.
"It makes me sick," Hinch told reporters Friday. "Lives are being lost for no real, good reason. There's never a good reason."
The Houston Texans, in the midst of offseason workouts, said they are "saddened by the tragic events at Santa Fe High School." They paid tribute to emergency workers who responded to the tense tragedy.
Statement from the Houston Texans regarding the tragic events at Santa Fe High School. pic.twitter.com/JM1Gg16CRu— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) May 18, 2018
The NFL team's captain J.J. Watt expressed his horror of the situation with a two-word tweet.
Absolutely horrific.— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) May 18, 2018