NBC coach Gregg Popovich is well-known for being outspoken in his criticism of President Trump and constant bashing, but it seems that anti-Trump hatred is going to blow in his face. Fans respond, putting him in his place.
Since Donald Trump was elected, patriots have had to deal with plenty of abuse. We are seeing this administration work overtime to make America great again. But, we are getting nothing but lies, fake news, and hate from the entertainment world. The elites of our society cannot accept the fact that millions of Americans voted for Trump. So, they continue to vent their rage and despair at us.
It has destroyed the once-beloved image of many celebrities who were known for their skill and style are now branded as political cronies. Longtime directors appear like near-lunatics since they rant during TV interviews against President Trump. And there’s a long line of comedians — people loved by millions over the years — now perceived as resentful crusaders against conservatives.
But it doesn’t end with Hollywood. Even in the world of sports, we’ve had to put up with unwise, anti-Trump hate. The NFL has been irreversibly destroyed, due to National Anthem protests launched by an anti-Trump coward. But in the NBA, there have been several prominent critics of the President. One, in particular, is San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich.
Even though he works to lead his team to championships, he is continuously ranting against the President. One can be wondering why coaches basketball thinks he’s qualified to judge Trump. Popovich has grabbed headlines over recent months with his brutal rants against at the Commander in Chief. Now, he had to face the music.
League veteran Gregg Popovich, 69, has been particularly outspoken about the new White House, describing President Trump a “coward” and a “pathological liar” who is “unfit intellectually, emotionally, and psychologically.”
In March, Popovich questioned whether the Second Amendment is “useful” any longer, and said Trump “brings out the dark side of human beings.” [Source: Fox News]
Unfortunately, these kinds of comments towards Trump and his supporters are nothing new. We’ve had to deal with these unreasonable and untrue attacks for several years now. It’s bizarre, though, that a man who depends on the support of fans should attack those very people. After a certain point, he risks distancing many of the people who buy Spurs tickets. He’s in Texas, after all.
Despite this, Popovich is still bashing Trump supporters. Now, fans are fighting back.
Not long ago, Cassandra Casanova would organize her weeks around the NBA playoff schedule. She would wear her San Antonio Spurs gear and spend days discussing about her favorite team, dissecting its postseason matchup.
Not this year…
She feels insulted and can no longer bring herself to root for her favorite team, which is making its 21st consecutive playoff appearance. When Popovich got political, Casanova got a garbage bag and filled it with 30 or so Spurs T-shirts, banners and trinkets. It all went to Goodwill. [Source: The Washington Post]
Casanova said Popovich with his hate managed to ruin her love of the game. She was a self-described loyal fan. The coach’s constant attacks on the President turned her away. Like so many others, she takes it as a personal attack.
Another fan’s entire family was turned off by the team, thanks to Popovich’s remarks.
“I often curse Pop for doing what he did,” said Bob Mulherin, a Spurs fan for more than 25 years. “He insulted more than half of the Spurs’ fan base, and no sign whatsoever of an apology.”
Mulherin watched Saturday’s playoff game, but he did so alone. Spurs games were once a family affair, but his wife and son want nothing to do with the team now.
“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,” he said. “What happens when someone calls you a fool? You avoid them.” [Source: The Washington Post]
This is very similar to the reactions of football fans after numerous players refused to stand for the anthem. Many expressed outrage that highly-paid players would insult the very country that allows them to live such lifestyles. Some threw out their team’s memorabilia. Others refused to attend or watch games. A drop in viewership and stadium attendance spread, leaving the future of the NFL in question.
Popovich seems unfazed by any backlash his commentary has spurred. “The organization has never said anything about any opinion that I might have,” he said prior to Monday’s game. “Not one time.”
The Spurs declined to comment on any effect Popovich’s comments have had on the team or its fan base… [Source: The Washington Post]
As expected, the team won’t take any action and let Popovich continue to drive a wedge between fans and the team. So how long before the Spurs lose enough support that they can’t continue? Tickets and jerseys cannot sell themselves, and it takes just a small decline in viewership for networks start to search another programming. Perhaps the Spurs should rethink their policy before it’s too late.