Excerpted From The State: San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich is known for his brusque answers with sideline reporters during televised games. But Popovich gave a long, detailed answer Friday when asked about the results of Tuesday’s election.
Popovich, a supporter of President Barack Obama, said he is worried about the country and said he was sick to his stomach that Americans voted for and elected Donald Trump.
“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,” Popovich told the San Antonio Express-News. “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.”
Popovich, who has won five NBA titles as head coach of the Spurs, is the second NBA coach to bemoan the direction of the country after the election of Trump, whose comments about women, immigrants, Muslims and the disabled drew condemnation during the campaign.
The Spurs have had one of the most diverse rosters in the NBA throughout the years, relying on foreign-born players like Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili during their great run under Popovich. Trump reportedly praised Popovich and the Spurs’ teamwork during a visit to San Antonio in June. Keep reading