Gregg Popovich won’t shut up about Donald Trump.
The famously terse “Pop” rambles incessantly about the President while spouting every leftist cliché in the book.
Popovich’s rants have largely been praised by the media, but some people have a big problem with them.
While Popovich receives pats on the back for parroting left-wing talking points, Trump-supporting Spurs fans do not appreciate his constant outbursts of umbrage.
The fans view his tirades as a personal attack on them and their values.
San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich is no stranger to the media with his near weekly, hate-filled rants about President Trump. However, the attacks have been going on so long and are so virulent that many fans are simply walking away from the team.
One fan, for instance, noted that once coach Popovich started his constant attacks on President Trump, she filled a garbage bag full of her Spurs memorabilia and fan wear and tossed it in the garbage. The fan, Cassandra Casanova, then just stopped going to games and won’t follow the team otherwise.
“I am completely turned off. After all those years supporting the team, and now I just have no interest,” Casanova told the Washington Post this week. “Popovich really messed up.”
Casanova was not the only fan to have dumped the Spurs. Bob Mulherin, a Spurs fan for 25 years, also told the paper that he was done with the team due to Popovich’s political vitriol.
“I often curse Pop for doing what he did,” Mulherin said. “He insulted more than half of the Spurs’ fan base, and no sign whatsoever of an apology.
“It is sad that Pop basically told my wife and my son and me for that matter that we were fools for supporting Donald Trump. What happens when someone calls you a fool? You avoid them,” Mulherin added.
The Post went on to note that a local sports reporter has heard from many fans who have turned their back on the Spurs. On his ESPN radio show, Jason Minnix says that he hears from infuriated Spurs fans quite often.
The paper also quoted several other fans who are fed up with Popovich’s political explosions with one saying that she just wished that the team could get a coach who “doesn’t feel the need to talk politics.”
Meanwhile, according to the San Antonio Business Journal, the team’s local TV ratings have cratered and national ratings are down 43 percent.
As for Popovich’s actual team, the Spurs barely made the playoffs, and find themselves down 2-0 to the reigning NBA champions.
They also appear to be in danger of losing superstar player Kawhi Leonard, who is clearly at odds with his coach.
Perhaps Popovich should spend more time patching the relationship with Leonard than fulminating against the President.