Both Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich and point guard Dejounte Murray declined to answer when asked who specifically wrote the message, and ESPN reports that the decision to release it was a “collective” one made by the team as a whole. It was unveiled just days after Popovich continued his attacks on President Trump, whom he called a “soulless coward.”
Popovich was cheered by the fans’ positive reaction to it.
“I want to congratulate our fans on the way they reacted at the beginning of the game after the national anthem was played,” he told reporters after his team’s 107-99 win. “They obviously also buy into the messages that were set up on the Jumbotron. I’m so proud to be in this city when we have fans that understand that it’s important for everybody. Kudos to our fans.”
Said Spurs point guard Danny Green: “Obviously, we have heard that he’s gotten some backlash. But regardless, he’s speaking out for us. And we have to speak out for him and back him for him taking a stand. Obviously, some of his comments have been criticized. But we felt we should do something. There’s been back and forth about what we should do. But I thought it was good. I didn’t think it was too much. I said we’ve got to back our coach, especially when he’s speaking out for us.”
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