Top NBA Coach: American 'Flag is Irrelevant'
Gregg Popovich: 'It’s just a symbol that people glom onto for political reasons’
An anti-Trump NBA coach has attacked the American flag, blasting Old Glory as "irrelevant" during a new interview.
San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich told Maureen Dowd of The New York Times that the American “flag is irrelevant."
"It’s just a symbol that people glom onto for political reasons,” Popovich, an outspoken opponent of President Donald Trump, declared.
The Times’ headline for Dowd’s piece sets the strident tone for the article.
Not only does it refer to Popovich as “America’s Coach” but also labels Trump as “America’s Cretin.”
“An Anti-Trump Slam Dunk: On the issue of race, America’s Coach boxes out America’s Cretin,” the NYT headline reads.
Dowd calls Popovich, whose Spurs have won the NBA title five times, “an NBA legend,” opining that he is “open-minded, principled and curious as Trump is narrow-minded, unprincipled, and incurious.”
She then segues to asking him questions such as whether “the law-and-order militaristic approach can work for Cadet Bone Spurs in the campaign.”
"I honestly do," Popovich answers.
"I feel badly for the military around Trump because they’re dealing with the guy who is the poster boy for the aggrieved wannabe.
"And he’s taking it out on the world and it’s ruining our country.”
According to The Daily Wire, Popovich’s flag comments come in response to Dowd asking about NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s “mea culpa that the N.F.L. was wrong for not listening sooner to players who wanted to speak out and protest.”
Popovich replies, “A smart man is running the NFL, and he didn’t understand the difference between the flag and what makes the country great — all the people who fought to allow Kaepernick to have the right to kneel for justice.
"The flag is irrelevant," Popovich shamelessly declares.
"It’s just a symbol that people glom onto for political reasons, just like Cheney back in the Iraq war. . . . [Goodell] got intimidated when Trump jumped on the kneeling [and] he folded.”
Dowd continues, “Popovich says it is analogous to Republican lawmakers who support Trump out of fear ‘that they’ll get tweeted out of their office and not get elected the next go-round.’
"Don’t Tom Cotton and Lindsey Graham have people at home they are embarrassed to look in the eye, he ponders.”
In May 2017, Popovich said of Trump, “But to this day I feel like there’s a dark cloud, a pall over the whole country.
"It’s got nothing to do with the Democrats losing the election.
"It’s got to do with the way one individual conducts himself. And that’s embarrassing.
"It’s dangerous to our institutions, and what we all stand for and what we expect the country to be.
"But for this individual, he’s in a game show.
"And everything that happens begins and ends with him.
"Not our people or our country; every time he talks about those things, it’s just a ruse.
"That’s just disingenuous, cynical, and fake.”
In September 2017, after some NFL players protested during the national anthem, Popovich expostulated: “Our country is an embarrassment to the world.”
On Sunday, NASA legend Buzz Aldrin had a different take on the flag:
Every morning, I rise and hoist my American flag on my balcony. Old Glory serves as a welcome reminder that we're always striving to become a more perfect union. Today and every day, let us remember all the men and women who've fought valiantly to defend it. #flagday2020 pic.twitter.com/nTUx8b3P7x— Dr. Buzz Aldrin (@TheRealBuzz) June 14, 2020