San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich criticized NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for caving to Donald Trump up to now on the problem of participant protests through the nationwide anthem.
“A wise man is working the NFL and he did not perceive the distinction between the flag and what makes the nation nice — all of the individuals who fought to permit [Colin] Kaepernick to have the proper to kneel for justice,” Popovich told The New York Times in a column by Maureen Dowd posted Saturday. “The flag is irrelevant. It is only a image that individuals glom onto for political causes …”
He added that Goodell “received intimidated when Trump jumped on the kneeling [and] he folded.”
Popovich has been an outspoken critic of the president and has been vocal in condemning racial injustice in the USA following the dying of George Floyd in police custody final month. Earlier this month, Popovich stated the “nation is in hassle” in a video launched by the Spurs.
He additionally took goal on the seven NFL homeowners who donated $1 million every to Trump’s inaugural marketing campaign in 2016.
“It is simply hypocritical,” he advised the newspaper. “It is incongruent. It does not make sense. Individuals aren’t blind. Do you go to your employees and your gamers and discuss injustices and democracy and the way to protest? I do not get it. I believe they put themselves able that is untenable.”
On June 5, Goodell released a video saying he was listening to gamers and inspired them to “peacefully protest.” Kaepernick, who started kneeling for the nationwide anthem in 2016, was not talked about by title in Goodell’s video. Trump responded to Goodell two days later, questioning the commissioner’s assertion on Twitter.
A number of gamers, each black and white, have indicated they plan to kneel for the nationwide anthem this season to protest racial injustice.