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San Antonio Spurs: Gregg Popovich puts Donald Trump on blast

By Rob Wolkenbrod
SAN ANTONIO, TX - MAY 22: Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs talks to the media during a press conference after Game Four of the Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors during the 2017 NBA Playoffs on May 22, 2017 AT
SAN ANTONIO, TX - MAY 22: Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs talks to the media during a press conference after Game Four of the Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors during the 2017 NBA Playoffs on May 22, 2017 AT
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In San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich’s latest comments about President Donald Trump, he called him a “soulless coward” after a recent statement about former presidents calling families of fallen soldiers.

Maybe the most notable part of San Antonio Spurs training camp, head coach Gregg Popovich slammed President Donald Trump for revoking the Golden State Warriors’ White House invite in September. It sparked national headlines and wasn’t the only time he commented on Trump, either.

On Monday, Popovich spoke about Trump, again, to The Nation. He fired back at comments the president made about prior Commander in Chiefs “not making calls” to families of soldiers killed in battle.

Popovich called Trump a “soulless coward” from him “belittling others,” and said he was “disappointed” by the comments and “his approach to running this country.” It was a loaded venting from the five-time NBA champion, with the full comments below:

“This man in the Oval Office is a soulless coward who thinks that he can only become large by belittling others. This has of course been a common practice of his, but to do it in this manner—and to lie about how previous presidents responded to the deaths of soldiers—is as low as it gets. We have a pathological liar in the White House, unfit intellectually, emotionally, and psychologically to hold this office, and the whole world knows it, especially those around him every day. The people who work with this president should be ashamed, because they know better than anyone just how unfit he is, and yet they choose to do nothing about it. This is their shame most of all.”

The comments trigged the Spurs head coach, who graduated from the Air Force. It’s becoming a trend for sports figure like him fires to these comments at the president. On Popovich’s case, ot represents the disdain he has for Trump and what he tells the public, and expresses it in an arguably blunter matter than almost anyone else.

Will more comments arise in the regular season? Given the three-week span between Popovich’s first and second quotes, it’s possible. The words haven’t become a distraction, either, and could bring the team together, much like the Warriors and the events of September.

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The talk will be put aside on Wednesday, Oct. 18, as the Spurs start the 2017-18 regular season against the Minnesota Timberwolves. The game starts at 9:30 p.m. ET on ESPN. Popovich will be strolling the sidelines, giving his famous interviews that either contains an abundance of information or one word. It’s dependant on how his team fares at the AT&T Center.

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