San Antonio Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich left little doubt about his feelings regarding the election of Donald Trump prior to Friday night’s game against the Detroit Pistons. Popovich, a U.S. Air Force veteran, told assembled media that he’s “sick to his stomach” that Trump was elected, adding, “It leaves me wondering where I’ve been living, and with whom I’m living.”
Over the course of six minutes, Popovich lamented the election results, per mysanantonio.com. “Right now I’m just trying to formulate thoughts. It’s too early. I’m just sick to my stomach,” he said. “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.”
Popovich joined Pistons Coach Stan Van Gundy and Warriors Coach Steve Kerr in condemning the election results, though his comments were more aligned with Van Gundy’s, who said earlier this week “We should be ashamed for what we stand for as the United States today.” Popovich also pointed out what he termed as “the fact that people can just gloss that over” in reference to coverage of Trump’s pending transition, noting, “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.”
When a reporter interrupted him, Popovich said, “I’m not done,” before continuing with what were his most pointed remarks of the media session.
“One could go on and on, we didn’t make this stuff up. He’s angry at the media because they reported what he said and how he acted. That’s ironic to me. It makes no sense. So that’s my real fear, and that’s what gives me so much pause and makes me feel so badly that the country is willing to be that intolerant and not understand the empathy that’s necessary to understand other group’s situations. I’m a rich white guy, and I’m sick to my stomach thinking about it. I can’t imagine being a Muslim right now, or a woman, or an African American, a Hispanic, a handicapped person. How disenfranchised they might feel. And for anyone in those groups that voted for him, it’s just beyond my comprehension how they ignore all of that. My final conclusion is, my big fear is — we are Rome.”
Earlier this week, Popovich told The Undefeated, “There is a big world out there and a whole lot of stuff going on,” he said. “The more aware people are, the better off.”
The full transcript of Popovich’s comments from Friday night can be read at mysanantonio.com.