Gregg Popovich hits the NFL, Roger Goodell and questions himself about the race
Gregg Popovich expressed his opinion about racism and social injustice towards African Americans during the recent social crisis in the United States.
The legendary trainer from San Antonio Spurs spoke about the New York Times with columnist Maureen Dowd on the race problems that say he still doesn’t get as much as he thinks, especially after talking to many of his players in San Antonio.
“Especially if you are a white coach and you are training a group that is mostly black, you should gain your trust, be honest and better understand your situation,” he tells me. “You should better understand where they grew up. Maybe there is a black child from a prep school. Maybe there is another black child who saw his first murder when he was 7 years old …”
However, in recent conversations with the Spurs players and staff, he was amazed at the extent of the injuries. “It would bring you to tears,” he says in a crackling voice. “It is even deeper than you thought, and it really made me think: you are a privileged son of a bitch and you still don’t get it as often as you think. You have to work harder. You have to be more aware. You have to be pushed and embarrassed. You have to call it out. “
Popovich tears up NFL, Roger Goodell
Popovich also hit the NFL over his reaction to Colin Kaepernick’s kneeling allegation that they fear President Donald Trump.
“A smart man runs the NFL and he didn’t understand the difference between the flag and what makes the country great – all the people who have fought for Kaepernick to have the right to kneel for justice. The flag is irrelevant, it’s just a symbol people look forward to for political reasons like Cheney in the Iraq war …
“[Goodell] was intimidated when Trump jumped to his knees, ”said the trainer from San Antonio Spurs via NBC Sports.
Popovich, a former Air Force officer, is very open on social issues and helps the NBA move in the direction it is today.
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