Spurs coach Gregg Popovich unloads rant on Donald Trump while decrying police brutality, racism
San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich has had it with President Donald Trump, and he showed so in his latest rant against No. 45.
The longtime Spurs helmsman picked apart Trump’s lack of leadership, calling him “deranged” and insane for being unwilling to do the bare minimum to unify the country.
“It’s unbelievable,” said Popovich, denouncing Trump’s actions in the wake of George Floyd’s murder and the consequent riots and protests that have ensued. “If Trump had a brain, even if it was 99 percent cynical, he would come out and say something to unify people. But he doesn’t care about bringing people together. Even now. That’s how deranged he is. It’s all about him. It’s all about what benefits him personally. It’s never about the greater good. And that’s all he’s ever been.”
“It’s so clear what needs to be done. We need a president to come out and say simply that ‘Black Lives Matter.’ Just say those three words. But he won’t and he can’t. He can’t because it’s more important to him to mollify the small group of followers who validate his insanity. But it’s more than just Trump. The system has to change. I’ll do whatever I can do to help because that’s what leaders do. But he can’t do anything to put us on a positive path because he’s not a leader.
Pop then unleashed what seemed to be years of resentment for Trump, one the Spurs coach has grown appalled to witness at a time when Americans need to be unified in solidarity with the African American community:
“He’s not just divisive. He’s a destroyer,” said Popovich. “To be in his presence makes you die. He will eat you alive for his own purposes. I’m appalled that we have a leader who can’t say ‘Black Lives Matter.’ That’s why he hides in the White House basement. He is a coward. He creates a situation and runs away like a grade-schooler.
“Actually, I think it’s best to ignore him. There is nothing he can do to make this better because of who he is: a deranged idiot.”
The Spurs legend was one of the principal figures in the league who denounced Trump even before he was elected into office, claiming he was unfit to hold the highest post. The criticism has only continued during Trump’s time in office.
Popovich, who served five years in the Air Force before embarking on a coaching career, has been one of the leading advocates for social justice — both with his words and his actions.
The murder of George Floyd and the consequent examples of police brutality at peaceful protests, along with the inept responses from Trump, have become more than what the 71-year-old Spurs coach can bear to witness.