Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich absolutely ripped into Donald Trump and anyone who voted for him in an emotional, thoughtful rant during an appearance on the Spurs nation podcast. He is now the third NBA coach this week to speak out with no filter about how they feel about Trump and the fact he was elected. Steve Kerr and Stan Van Gundy went off in their own way as well. Popovich’s seemed not ready to speak on the topic yet as he was still digesting it all but he then just let it all flow.


Coach Pop went off for about six minutes straight and everything he said carried weight. There is a reason guys love playing for someone like this.

“Right now I’m just trying to formulate thoughts. It’s too early. I’m just sick to my stomach. 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.

“I live in that country where half of the people ignored all of that to elect someone. That’s the scariest part of the whole thing to me. It’s got nothing to do with the environment and Obamacare, and all of the other stuff. We live in a country that ignored all of those values that we would hold our kids accountable for. They’d be grounded for years if they acted and said the things that have been said in that campaign by Donald Trump.”

When the host attempted to interrupt him while he was speaking, Pop let him know he still had plenty to say.

“I’m not done. 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.”

You can listen to the comments in full below. I highly recommend you do. He pulled no punches and spoke straight from the heart and you can tell his heart is hurting for others.

H/T Dime Mag