Gregg Popovich, the endlessly quotable Spurs head coach, is known for his off-the-cuff remarks and sardonic wit both on the court and in the press room. Aside from his lovable antics, Pops is known to speak his mind about more than just the game. From income inequality to systemic racism, Popovich doesn't shy away from topics other than basketball, including his outspoken criticism of President Donald Trump.
Following a question about the recent deaths of four U.S. soldiers in Niger, Trump responded that he planned on calling the families of the fallen soldiers, a duty he then claimed his predecessors never lived up to.
Just spoke to Gregg Popovich who called Trump a "soulless coward" for lying about Obama & Bush not calling families of fallen soldiers...— Dave Zirin (@EdgeofSports) October 16, 2017
Coach Pop wanted to make sure it was "on the record." The full quotes are coming.— Dave Zirin (@EdgeofSports) October 16, 2017
I’ve been amazed and disappointed by so much of what this president had said, and his approach to running this country, which seems to be one of just a never ending divisiveness. But his comments today about those who have lost loved ones in times of war and his lies that previous presidents Obama and Bush never contacted their families are so beyond the pale, I almost don’t have the words.
Based on my mentions, I think Coach Pop might be slightly more beloved than Donald Trump.— Dave Zirin (@EdgeofSports) October 16, 2017
So thankful for his voice. Question tho: will HE receive same push back from WH that Ms. Hill did? I feel like I know the answer to that.— Lulu Says (@lulu_says2) October 16, 2017
I’ve always had a lot of respect for Popovich; now even greater respect for him as a man!— Dale Bailey (@baidal27) October 16, 2017
Saw someone wearing a Popovich Kerr 2020 shirt today.— (((Jane Austin))) (@JaneA1939) October 16, 2017
Looking forward to Trump’s rage tweets on the “failing” Spurs and “loser” coach Gregg Popovich — winners of five NBA titles in 15 years.— Bart Hubbuch (@BartHubbuch) October 16, 2017