At least one NBA coach is very unhappy with how President Donald Trump has responded to COVID-19.
San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich went off on the Commander-in-chief this week during an interview with Matthew Tynan of The Athletic.
“What does he do? He golfs and spreads lies,” Popovich said.
“He has nothing whatsoever to do with what’s going on here. It’s sad, but soon it will be over. We just hope he doesn’t burn the whole thing down on his way out.”
Popovich didn’t stop there, though.
The Spurs head coach also criticized the nation at large for its overall response to the virus.
“I’m disappointed in the fiber of our populous,” he said.
“We’re still more of an instant-gratification country. We think about ourselves more than the group, than the community. It’s just beyond my comprehension how somebody can talk about not wearing a mask shows that you’re for freedom, and you’re for America, and you’re for personal choice when it has nothing to do with that.
“Intellectually, philosophically, emotionally — we’re all in this together. We’re all in the mud…we’re trying to save each other’s ass. But a large group of people can’t project and go beyond themselves in that sense, and that’s very disappointing. And I think it’s sad for the country.”
Popovich has been a longtime critic of President Trump. Some have even suggested that the POTUS might be a jinx of sorts for the future Hall of Fame coach, as he has struggled mightily over the past few years.
After President Trump was elected, Popovich revealed he was “sick to his stomach” about the result and compared it to the fall of Rome.
“It’s unbelievable,” he said at one point.
Yikes. James Harden and the Rockets definitely aren’t on the same page right now. https://t.co/cRlMrlWNUy
— Game 7 (@game7__) December 7, 2020
“If Trump had a brain, even if it was 99 percent cynical, he would come out and say something to unify people. But he doesn’t care about bringing people together. Even now. That’s how deranged he is.
“It’s all about him. It’s all about what benefits him personally. It’s never about the greater good. And that’s all he’s ever been.”
On a separate occasion, Popovich accused President Trump of purposely trying to mislead the nation.
Alabama went after Coach O hard after the game. https://t.co/SUduHNyY5I
— Game 7 (@game7__) December 6, 2020
“We take our eye off the ball, and he’s (Trump) great at it,” he said.
“He’s great at it. He brings out the dark side of human beings for his own purpose.”
Needless to say, based on Popovich’s history with President Trump, it’s probably safe to say this feud isn’t going away any time soon.