On Monday, The Washington Post
posted an article
about a very specific population of people: San Antonio Spurs fans who are also supporters of President Donald Trump. Reporter Rick Maese spoke to these "insulted" fans who felt betrayed by head coach Gregg Popovich's continuous bashing of Trump (as well as his supporters).
Popovich spoke on the article Monday night, saying he "doesn't care."
Maese spoke with a number of fans who said they felt forced to choose between their team and the president. For many spotlighted in the article, they chose to back Trump. Popovich's political statements have remained constant since the 2016 presidential election. For one fan, Cassandra Casanova, Popovich going political caused her to donate all of her Spurs memorabilia
"I took it personally. I was such a loyal fan, and he insulted me," she told the Post
. "Why would you start attacking the people who had been so loyal?"
While Popovich has called Trump a "pathological liar," "soulless coward" and even "an embarrassment to the world," Casanova was more likely insulted by the time Popovich said, "I live in a country where half the people ignored all that to elect someone. That’s the scariest part of the whole thing to me."
Bob Mulherin, another fan
that Maese spoke to, said, "[Popovich] insulted more than half of the Spurs’ fan base, and no sign whatsoever of an apology."
Insulted fans shouldn't expect Popovich to apologize any time soon – or at all. During a press conference following the Spurs' Game 2 loss to the Golden State Warriors, the veteran coach joked about the Post
caring about what "goes on in San Antonio" and teased one of the reporters about reading his article from beginning to end. As far as the insulted (former?) fans, Popovich said he didn't care about the article. He noted that "the [Spurs] organization has never said a word about any opinions that I might have, about anything."
While you can't expect him to care, Popovich admitted in November that he reads and responds to letters
– mostly supportive, some critical – he receives about his Trump tirades.
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