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NBA coach calls out 'cowardice' of Donald Trump for dodging rally against gun violence

Gregg Popovich has been a long-time critic of the US President.

San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich (file pic).
San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich (file pic).
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GREGG POPOVICH ONCE again spoke out against President Donald Trump, this time regarding his response to the “March for Our Lives” rallies that took place in Washington DC and across the country on Saturday.

Ahead of the Spurs game against the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday, Popovich was asked for his thoughts on what the marches meant for the future of the country. Popovich started by complimenting the students on the work they’ve done.

“Well, the future of the country is a pretty big thing,” Pop said. “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.”

Popovich went on to criticise the response from politicians in general as underwhelming, calling their inaction a “dereliction of duty” in the face of such violence, and again complimenting the students for taking action where the adults refused to do so.

But Popovich saved his harshest criticisms for Trump, once again calling the president a coward and criticising his choice to retreat to Mar-a-Lago amidst such a momentous outpouring of humanity.

“It’s just cowardice,” Pop said. “A real leader would have been in Washington D.C. this weekend, not at his penthouse at Mar-a-Lago. He would have had the decency to meet with a group, to see what’s going on, and how important it is, and how important our children should be to us. So for all those politicians involved, it’s just a dereliction of duty.”

This is not the first time Popovich was asked for his views on the political climate. The Spurs coach has been asked more and more to wade into the world of politics since Trump first became the Republican nominee, speaking on Trumpwhite privilegethe importance of the giving, and more.

You can read Popovich’s comments in their entirety here.

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