Sure, San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich is one of the greatest of all time in his field considering what he’s had to work with over the years.
Nobody is saying his big three; Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili are remotely bad players – but compared to the rest of league during that era it didn’t stop him from winning five championships.
Outside of coaching, he’s obnoxiously political. And recently Gregg Popovich made a smug unbelievable comment about Colin Kaepernick and the National Anthem protests.
San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has said some unfiltered, unmitigated aggressive comments about President Trump over the last several years. What do you expect though? He’s obviously a bleeding heart liberal.
All of them absolutely detest Trump and his administration.
But Popovich also thinks the National Anthem protests, which were first instigated by disgraced athlete Colin Kaepernick, as being “a very patriotic thing.”
Popovich made this absurd assertion after the Team USA practice at the Los Angeles Lakers’ practice facility on Tuesday.
He told the media, “Patriotism means a lot of things to different people. There’s people who are truly committed in that sense and people who are fake. The show of patriotism I think is a bit inappropriate and that is not something that I think we want to emulate. Because someone hugs a flag doesn’t mean they’re patriotic. Being a patriot is somebody that respects their country and understands that the best thing about our country is that we have the ability to fix things that have not come to fruition for a lot of people so far.”
There’s a lot to unpack with this soliloquy.
First of all, patriotism has one definition – not even an ambiguous connotation – and that’s to respect and show devotion to your country. So when someone kneels before the flag during America’s song, that’s about as morally unconscionable as you can get – even if that person has the best intentions, it’s still wrong because it’s blatantly ignoring everybody else who died for our country.
There are other ways to protest. If you want to get your message across then there are a million other ways to go about it.
Popovich added, “Like a Kaepernick. That was a very patriotic thing he did. He cared about his country enough to fix some things that were obvious, that everybody knows about but does nothing about. All the promises in the beginning when the country was established is fantastic, but those goals have not been reached yet for a lot of people.”
And what exactly has he done to “fix some things,” other than to ignite a cultural divide in this country?
As Isaac Newton’s Third Law of Thermodynamics states, “for every action there is an equal opposite reaction.” So when we see spoiled millionaire athletes preach a political position and not do anything to back it up, it’s infuriating.
Popovich offensively added. “So you can still be patriotic and understand that there still needs to be criticism and changes and more attention paid to those who do not have what other people do have, and that’s where we’ve fallen short in a lot of different ways. Being a critic of those inequalities does not make you a non-patriot. It’s what makes America great, that you can say those things and attack those things to make them better. That’s what a lot of other countries don’t have. You lose your freedom when you do that.”
Keep in mind that Kaepernick first knelt during former President Obama’s term in late 2016. Yet, somehow Trump is made out to be the bad guy for political unrest in America?
Ask yourself; what exactly has Kaepernick done to help what he initially protested for? Then ask yourself what has Trump done? Isn’t African American unemployment at an all-time low?
This is ridiculous.