The NBA season is just around the corner and teams around the country are talking to the press for Media Day on Monday. Coach Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs has been one of Donald Trump’s biggest critics in the world of sports and on Monday when asked about the recent remarks Trump made Popovich went off.
The five-time NBA champion told the media that Trump has become “an embarrassment to the world.”
Popovich went off for seven uninterrupted minutes, slamming the president for being “delusional,” for “gratuitous fear-mongering and race-baiting,” for enabling people like NASCAR owners who would fire people or kick people out of the country for non-violent protests, and for lowering the reputation of the country to the point that the U.S. has become “an embarrassment to the world.”
The NBA coach said:
“I think [the NASCAR owners and others] have been enabled by an example that we have all been given and we have seen it in Charlottesville and on and on and on. That’s not a surprise. Our country is an embarrassment in the world.”
Popovich went on to condemn the white supremacy in this country.
“Obviously, race is the elephant in the room, and we all understand that, but unless it is talked about constantly, it is not going to get better,” Popovich said. “People get bored. ‘Oh, is it that again. He’s pulling the race card again. Why do we have to talk about that?’ Well, because it’s uncomfortable and there has to be an uncomfortable element in the discourse for anything to change. Whether it’s the LGBT movement or women’s suffrage, it doesn’t matter. People have to be made to feel uncomfortable, and especially white people, because we’re comfortable. We still have no clue of what being born white means… It’s hard to sit down and decide, yes, it’s like you are at the 50-meter mark in a 100-meter dash. You’ve got that kind of a lead. Yes, because you were born white, you have advantages that are systemically, culturally, psychologically, there, and they have been built up and cemented for hundreds of years. but many people can’t look at it. It’s too difficult… People want to hold their position. They want the status quo. People don’t want to give that up. And until it is given up, it’s not going to be fixed.”
Trump’s “childishness” is getting old and Popovich agrees.
“To dwell on that, sometimes I think is the wrong way to go, because it is so obvious now, it’s boring,” Popovich said. “The childishness, and the gratuitous fear-mongering and race-baiting, has been so consistent it’s almost expected. The bar has been lowered so far that I think it is more important to be thinking about what to do… You’ve got a choice. We can continue to bounce our heads off the wall with his conduct or we can decide the institutions of our country are more important, that people are more important, that the decent America we all thought we had and want is more important and get down to business at the grassroots level and do what we have to do.”
Watch the entire speech below: