San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich had some pretty strong words for Donald Trump on Monday, stating the United States is a “global embarrassment” under his leadership.
“Our country is an embarrassment in the world,” Popovich said in a press conference in response to Trump’s remarks over the weekend.
“This is an individual who actually thought that when people held arms during the games, that they were doing it to honor the flag. That’s delusional. Absolutely delusional, but it’s what we have to live with,” the coach said.
Popovich feels that we have a choice, continue to bang our heads against the wall due to the President’s conduct, or get down to business at the “grassroots level” and do something about it.
“At what point will Trump cross the line for his supporters and at what point does ‘the morality and decency kick in?'” Popovich continued.
Coach Gregg Popovich speaks out on why he currently feels that: "Our country is an embarrassment to the rest of the world" pic.twitter.com/W2NZckoZlS
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This weekend, many National Football League players either knelt, raised a fist, or linked arms with fellow teammates during the national anthem to protest racial inequality and police brutality. Hundreds of players participated in protest to Trump’s remarks, some not coming out of the locker room until the anthem was over.
Popovich, a graduate of the Air Force Academy who served five years in the military, defended his own players’ rights to protest, or speak out, any way they see fit.
According to CNN, “President Donald Trump sounded very satisfied with his recent remarks on patriotism and the NFL in a dinner with conservative group leaders at the White House Monday night, according to a person who attended the event.”
“It’s really caught on. It’s really caught on,” Trump said of his NFL comments to attendees at the dinner, according to someone who attended. “I said what millions of Americans were thinking.”