SAN ANTONIO – When Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich shares his thoughts or opinions on President Donald Trump, people tend to listen and respond.
Popovich was asked Tuesday before the Spurs played the Mavericks about the reaction from letters or emails he has received to his political commentary about Trump or any other social injustice issue he has spoken out on in the past. His comments were posted on ESPN.com.
“I would choose not to really respond to what I do and don’t do, but I do read everything and I try to respond. It takes time because there's a lot of letters. But the only ones I don't respond to are the ones that are so courageous in their negativity that there's no address, just comments. That's hard to respond to. But there are people who have responded and disagreed, and say, 'Why?' And it's erudite and intelligible. And I’m like, ‘Yeah, you've got a point.' Those people deserve to be written back so I try. I probably won't get them all, but I try."
Popovich has been outspoken and critical of Trump since before the president took office in 2016. He said reaction to his comments since then have been mixed overall. More from ESPN.com:
"Some responses make you wonder what country you live in, and other responses make you very hopeful. But there's a lot more hopeful than, 'My gosh, how did this person come up with this?' So overall, it renews my feeling that something can be done because there are enough people willing to listen and feel and compromise."
When asked about a lot of the negative backlash he has received, Popovich joked, "Every single person has agreed with everything I've said. I get flowers. I get trinkets and gifts."