San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich called out President Donald Trump and NACSAR owner Richard Petty for trying to silence the exercise of free speech by NFL players who protested against police brutality of African-Americans on Sept. 24.
While talking about Trump, Popovich said, “Our country’s an embarrassment in the world”:
I just heard a comment this morning from a NASCAR owner and from Mr. Petty that just blew me away, just blew me away. Where the owner described the fact that he would get the Greyhound bus tickets for anybody to leave and they’d be fired, and Mr. Petty who said people who act the way we saw on Sunday, “They should leave the country.”
That’s where I live. I had no idea, that I lived in a country where people would actually say that sort of thing. I’m not totally naive, but I think these people have been enabled by an example that we’ve all been given. And you’ve seen it in Charlottesville and on and on and on. That’s not a surprise, get over it. What do we do to get it done? To go to the grassroots and not allow this to happen again?
Our country’s an embarrassment in the world. This is an individual that 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.
So you got a choice; we can continue to bounce our heads off the wall with his conduct, or we can decide that the institutions of our country are more important, that people are more important, that the decent America that we all thought we had and want is more important, and get down to business at the grassroots level and do what we have to do.
(Source: NBA TV via YouTube)