San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich gave his thoughts on March For Our Lives and had a few words for President Donald Trump.
San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich already proved he will not hold back on politics in the media. He criticized President Donald Trump earlier this season and was not the only head coach to do this, either. That’s along with social issues that impact the United States, including the recent March For Our Lives which promoted gun control.
March For Our Lives took place in Washington, D.C., with over 200,000 people in attendance, according to CBS News. However, organizers said the total was closer to 800,000 that filled the streets of the Capital City. Members of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School led this march.
Before Sunday’s game at the Milwaukee Bucks, Popovich was asked about the march and its impact. According to CBS Sports, he provided an extended response and compared it to previous events that aired on television: the Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War. He also questioned what kind of “culture” everyone wants. Here’s an excerpt from these comments, which includes a critique of the government:
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“Well, the future of the country is a pretty big thing. There’s not one event that is going to signal what it’s going to be like in the future. But I can tell you that I’m sure most everybody is going to be unbelievably proud and excited about those students and what they’ve done. Because our politicians have certainly sat on their thumbs and just hidden. To most, it’s almost like a dereliction of duty to watch all these people get killed with guns — in so many different ways, whether it’s nightclubs, or schools, or cities. And it seems that the power and the money are more important than the lives. So to see these teenagers demand this, it takes you back.”
Popovich seemed delighted with how these teenagers pushed these issues forward, with a demand that something gets done. The same cannot be said for his thoughts on politicians, after multiple mass shootings over the past few years. These comments remain in line with the aforementioned words on Trump, how he left town before this preplanned event happened, and the state of this country.
Popovich’s words were not the first ones on the march. Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr tweeted about it Saturday. He encouraged people to march and thanked the kids for the inspiration. That’s along with retweeting comments that support his statement.
Reminder today to get out and march! Thank you to the young generation for inspiring all of us and reminding us that change will only happen through our own will. Register to vote and demand common sense gun laws from any and all potential elected officials! Democracy will win!
— Steve Kerr (@SteveKerr) March 24, 2018
March For Our Lives resulted from the Feb. 14 shooting that killed 17 people and left others wounded at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL. National discussions on gun control followed, with the march in Washington, D.C. as the latest step in citizens’ desire for the government to make a change.