Gregg Popovich Notes Importance of Celebrating Black History Month in "Racist Country"


Before the Spurs took on the Utah Jazz Monday night, head coach Gregg Popovich shared his thoughts on celebrating Black History Month in a "racist country."

Marcos Aragon, a contributor for, asked Popovich why it's important for the National Basketball Association to celebrate Black History Month.

"The league is made up of a lot of black guys. To honor [Black History Month] and understand it is pretty simplistic," Popovich said. "How would you ignore that?"

But Popovich, like always, showed that he thinks much bigger than just basketball.

"We live in a racist country that hasn't figured it out yet. And it's always important to bring attention to it, even if it angers some people," Popovich said. "The point is that you have to keep it in front of everybody's nose so that they understand it, that it still hasn't been taken care of and we have a lot of work to do."
Popovich's latest comments are an extension of his remarks in the past, repeatedly calling racism "our national sin." The coach has been especially vocal on social issues in the country since the 2016 election, when now-President Donald Trump began spewing hateful messages. Trump's anti-illegal immigrant rhetoric was a key point in his campaign, one that Popovich remains critical of now that Trump is in office.

Popovich called Trump a "soulless coward" and a "pathological liar" back in October 2017. Last month, Popovich even said that Trump uses "race like a weapon" and "for his own purposes."
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