Gregg Popovich Had Some Words For Donald Trump On Martin Luther King Jr. Day

01.15.18 1 year ago

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The NBA world celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday with a full slate of games, and it offered an opportunity for players, coaches, and other league personnel to reflect on Dr. King’s legacy and the ongoing struggle for Civil Rights that persists today in America and around the world.

Gregg Popovich, who has in many ways become the league’s de facto moral compass on social and political issues, spoke candidly before the Spurs’ game against the Hawks in Atlanta, charting Dr. King’s impact on race relations in America and decrying the current racial divide, which he believes has been exacerbated by those in leadership.

Pop briefly touched on topics like the Voting Rights Act, the disproportionate incarceration rates among black people and other ethnic minority groups, and more before subtly taking aim at the president for his latest racially-charged remarks and the ensuing fallout.

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