San Antonio Spurs head coach "sick to his stomach" about election of Donald Trump

Gregg Popovich did not hide his feelings about the outcome of the US election

BY Raf Diallo 16:00 Saturday 12 November 2016, 16:00 12 Nov 2016

San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, right, is held back by assistant coach Ettore Messina, left, as he argues an official's call during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich has lambasted the "disgusting" campaign rhetoric of US president-elect Donald Trump.

The 67-year-old who has won five NBA championships as coach and also been named Coach of the Year three times, did not hide his feelings about the next president of the United States.

"He is in charge of our country. That's disgusting," he said according to the audio of his comments

"I'm a rich white guy and I'm sick to my stomach thinking about it. I can't imagine being a Muslim right now or a woman or an African-American, Hispanic, a handicapped person. How disenfranchised they might feel. For anyone in those groups that voted for him, it's just beyond my comprehension how they ignore all that."

Popovich emphasised that it was the candidate's behaviour rather than party affiliation that has so angered him.

"Not basically because the Republicans won or anything, but the disgusting tenure and tone and all the comments that have been xenophobic, homophobic, racist, misogynistic. I live in that country where half the people ignored all that to elect someone. That's the scariest part of the whole thing to me," he said.

"I live in that country where half of the people ignored all of that to elect someone. That's the scariest part of the whole thing to me. It's got nothing to do with the environment and Obamacare, and all of the other stuff. We live in a country that ignored all of those values that we would hold our kids accountable for. They'd be grounded for years if they acted and said the things that have been said in that campaign by Donald Trump."

Popovich also commented on changes to Trump's rhetoric and stances since the election.

"And now we see that he's already backing off of immigration and Obamacare and other things, so was it a big fake, which makes you feel it's even more disgusting and cynical that somebody would use that to get the base that fired up. To get elected."

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