Popovich Speaks Out About National Anthem Protests

Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich, who’s known for giving short one-sentence answers to court side reporters, had plenty to say on media day about athletes who refuse to stand for the National Anthem.

Quarterback Colin Kaepernick started it this season in response to police shootings of black men.

“I absolutely understand why they’re doing what they’re doing and I respect their courage for what they’ve done,” said Popovich. “The question is, will it really do any good or not?”

He says it forces a conversation about the issue.

“What Kaepernick and others have done is to keep it in the conversation. When’s the last time you heard about Michael Brown?”

Pop’s comments came during a Spurs Media Day interview Monday.

“It makes people face the issue because it’s too easy for people to let it go because it’s not their daily experience. If it’s not your daily experience, you don’t understand it,” said Popovich.

Popovich says he never had to tell his children how to act or what to do if they’re pulled over by a police officer, but he says it’s something his Black friends have to do.

“It’s difficult for many White people to understand the day-to-day feeling that many Black people have to deal with,” said Popovich.

He acknowledged that police have a very difficult job.

“I’d be scared to death if I were a policeman and I stopped a car. You just don’t know what’s going to happen and part of that in our country is exacerbated by the preponderance of guns,” Pop added.

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