Legendary Coach Gregg Popovich has been one of the few people in sports that have spoken out against Donald Trump. On Monday Popovich had a few words of criticism to say about the president. “Some days, I feel like we’ve been invaded by another power and taken over [by people] who don’t feel the same. It’s a strange land.”
Popovich has had a lifetime of achievements. He is a product of the Air Force Academy, he has coach the U.S. men’s national basketball team, and has had 20 consecutive winning seasons with the San Antonio Spurs, winning 5 championships in those 20 seasons. During an interview before the Spurs’ game on Monday against the Pacers, Popovich spoke about Trump’s “willingness to do whatever’s necessary to get elected.” That it is “unacceptable and really disgusting.”
Popovich was asked why he is so expressive when it comes to Donald Trump, and why he doesn’t just stick to coaching basketball.
“There’s going to be somebody who will say, ‘Just go coach your basketball team,’ ” Popovich said (via WTHR’s Bob Kravitz). “‘Just go do this, sing your song, just go run the football,’ whatever it might be.
” … We all hope President Trump is successful. We hope he does some good things for everyone, but he didn’t start the presidency by mollifying any groups he disparaged during the campaign. He didn’t say anything about women, or black people, or Mexican people, Hispanic people, LGBT people, handicapped people. [He] acted like it never happened. So that willingness to do whatever it took to get elected, to say and act the way he did, I thought was unacceptable and really disgusting, so I said it. Even people who voted for him can see that, but for some reason, they feel they can ignore that or forget about it. His personality, [his] inability to get over himself informs his words and his decisions and that’s what’s scary.”
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“Sometimes when life moves along, you’re presented with situations where you find it necessary to speak because so many people either seem to be afraid to or, more sinister, are unwilling to face things and let things go and worry about their own situations,” Popovich said.
“And most of those people have had opportunities the vast majority have not. I think it’s important for people who have had opportunities to make sure other people with opportunities know they were very, very, very fortunate. That could have been having a couple of parents … where you were born, what your skin color is, what country you were born in … it’s all chance. You didn’t do that. You get no credit for that, for getting those opportunities. So a lot of people have an easy time forgetting that and this situation we’re in now, we’re finding a lot of people who are in charge or will be shortly when they’re nominated have very little clue about what many, many people have to go through to live in this world.
“Some days, I feel like we’ve been invaded by another power and taken over [by people] who don’t feel the same. It’s a strange land.”