Popovich accused Trump of mismanaging the country, calling for a change in light of protests that erupted when he condemned the murder of the black African-American George Floyd by a white police officer.
Floyd (46) spent suffocation last week when police officer Derek Chauvin put his knee to his neck to death in Minneapolis and was later charged with manslaughter, after pressing his knee to his neck for about nine minutes, disregarding his escapes while he was chained and fixed to the ground that he could not breathe.
Some protests against the murder of Floyd in support of the Black Lives Matter movement (black life is important) have turned into looting and riots, prompting many local authorities to declare a night curfew.
Popovich, known for his frequent criticism of Trump, said in an interview with the weekly “The Nation” that problems related to police violence and racism in the United States that had not been addressed by the past paved the way for violence that erupted in many cities for three consecutive nights.
“What surprises me is that we’ve all seen police violence and racism, but nothing has changed,” said the legendary coach who led Spears to five NBA titles.
He continued: “For this reason, the protests were violent, but without real leadership and without understanding the problem, there will never be changed, and the white Americans have avoided dealing with this problem forever because we have had the privilege of avoiding it, and that must also change. ”
Popovic considered that Trump “was not only a source of controversy but also a destroyer.”
“I am disgusted that we have a leader who cannot say + Black Lives Matter. In the end, we have a fool in place of the president, while the real person who runs the country, Senator Mitch McConnell, destroys the United States for generations to come, “he said.
Popovic was among several coaches and their assistants who signed a statement from the National Coaches Association, declaring that they will speak on behalf of those who have no voice.
“The events of the past few weeks, such as police violence, racial profiling and the arming of racism, are shameful, inhuman and unacceptable, as a diverse group of leaders, it is our responsibility to speak on behalf of those who have no voice and think it is not safe for them, “the statement said. to do this”.
The official medical examiner in charge of the autopsy of Floyd announced Monday that the latter had “died” after having suffered a “heart attack” following “pressures on his neck” by police officers who had been under the influence of a powerful opiate.
“In other words, he was killed,” said Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr.
The ISBN network reported that the Coaches Association has established a committee of current and former coaches who will work with local leaders and law enforcement to make a difference after the murder of Floyd, including Kiir and Popovic, Atlanta Hawks coach Lloyd Pearce and New York Knicks former coach David Vizdale And former coach Steve Van Gondi.
“We are committed to working in our cities with local leaders, officials and law enforcement to bring about positive change in our societies. We have the power and the platform to influence change, and we will use them, “said a statement from the coaches.