San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich shared his thoughts on President-elect Donald Trump’s stunning victory earlier this week, as many in the NBA voiced their disapproval of the election results.
Popovich joins Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, and a host of other players and other personalities connected with the league who shared thoughts ranging from anger and disbelief to measured optimism.
You can read a transcript of the Gregg Popovich interview below:
“Right now I’m just trying to formulate thoughts. It’s too early. I’m just sick to my stomach. Not basically because the Republicans won or anything, but the disgusting tenure and tone and all of the comments that have been xenophobic, homophobic, racist, misogynistic.
“I live in that country where half of the people ignored all of that to elect someone. That’s the scariest part of the whole thing to me. It’s got nothing to do with the environment and Obamacare, and all of the other stuff. We live in a country that ignored all of those values that we would hold our kids accountable for. They’d be grounded for years if they acted and said the things that have been said in that campaign by Donald Trump. […]
“The fact that people can just gloss that over, start talking about the transition team, and we’re all going to be kumbaya now and try to make the country good without talking about any of those things. And now we see that he’s already backing off of immigration and Obamacare and other things, so was it a big fake, which makes you feel it’s even more disgusting and cynical that somebody would use that to get the base that fired up. To get elected. And what gets lost in the process are African Americans, and Hispanics, and women, and the gay population, not to mention the eighth grade developmental stage exhibited by him when he made fun of the handicapped person. I mean, come on. That’s what a seventh grade, eighth grade bully does. And he was elected president of the United States. We would have scolded our kids. We would have had discussions until we were blue in the face trying to get them to understand these things. He is in charge of our country. That’s disgusting.”
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The NBA is the most socially progressive professional sports league, and gives their coaches and players a platform to share their views on topics effecting the country consistently. The NFL, by contrast, has had very few high profile coaches or players make any public statements about the election results. Maybe they all voted for Trump…