Popovich Blasts NFL and Jerry Jones for Trump Support

Mike Fisher

San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich is blasting NFL power-brokers like Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, New England Patriots boss Robert Kraft and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for their "hypocritical'' and "incongruent'' support of President Donald Trump.

“It’s just hypocritical,” Popovich said in an interview with columnist Maureen Dowd of the New York Times. “It’s incongruent. It doesn’t make sense. People aren’t blind. Do you go to your staff and your players and talk about injustices and democracy and how to protest? I don’t get it. I think they put themselves in a position that’s untenable.”

Jones (who has remained silent regarding this period of civil unrest) and Kraft are among the NFL owners who have given financial support to President Trump, who in Popovich's view is on the wrong side of this issue - and most others.

Popovich, a former Air Force officer, said, “I feel badly for the military around Trump because they’re dealing with the guy who is the poster boy for the aggrieved wannabe. And he’s taking it out on the world and it’s ruining our country.”

Popovich makes the argument in the column that the flag is a "symbol'' and that the movement led by ousted NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick that has athletes kneeling during national anthem has never been about disrespecting the flag or disrespecting the military, but rather about fueling change in America's social injustices.

“A smart man is running the NFL and he didn’t understand the difference between the flag and what makes the country great — all the people who fought to allow Kaepernick to have the right to kneel for justice,” Popovich said. “(Goodell) got intimidated when Trump jumped on the kneeling” and “he folded.”

Comments (16)
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Cisco*
Cisco*

Fpop

BLDM
BLDM

Double Fpop

jamdude
jamdude

Stick to Basketball.

seamus2020
seamus2020

I'm with Popovich.

Wit82
Wit82

I think Popoffabitch should shut his pie hole! Let Jerrah sit back and take in all the info and then compare the upside with the downside of his final remarks. Whereas Popoff has caved and is trying to fuel the fire, by getting on the news. Suffice it say he is now Jerry Jones enemy, and will not be invited on Jerrah's new yacht!

jamdude
jamdude

To argue that Trump/Republicans are against black opportunity is short-sided and not true. Different people have different solutions. Black Republicans, as well as myself, make the claim that democrats have done more to foster the conditions for the problem than anyone. That doesn't mean that democrats are racist, they just approach the problem differently.

pathetic racists
pathetic racists

This is why I don't get my political or moral beliefs from sports figures or coaches.

As a native SAian, I say: Coach, I love what you do on the court. Off it, I don't give a rat's azz about what you believe. Quit trying to develop an Einstein kinda cult around you. Outside of BB, your knowledge level is a big, fat zero to most people.

Thors944
Thors944

Popovich? Who’s she?

The Lefthod Man
The Lefthod Man

He's a 5x NBA Champion who are you now down sucker ain't nothing mighty about you Whore944

jimmyd59
jimmyd59

Everyone is entitled a opinion! I disagree with yours Gregg! Theirs a time and place to voice your dislikes not while singing the national Anthem and looking at our flag. Its be on disrespectful to not remove your hat let alone taking a knee to it! I'm not a fan of Jerry or Robert but they are backing the right guy! Both of them have winning backgrounds on and off the field! I also support Our President Donald Trump, he tells it like it is and hes fighting for the American people! And he will be our President for 4 more years!!! TRUMP 2020


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