NBA Coaches And Players Speaking Out On Trump As President Proves How Much Politics Affect Sports
“I think it’s very unfortunate that people have done some of the things they have done during the protest. A lot of harm and damage has been done,” Damian Lillard told ESPN on Saturday according to Yahoo News. “I do understand their frustration, and I commend people wanting to come together for some kind of change. Tearing apart your own city just isn’t the place to begin, and also making your own city less of a safe place isn’t the answer.”
Lillard speaking out on Donald Trump as president shows how much a player, who is on the verge of being a superstar, is being affected by politics.
Most people see them as nothing more than athletes playing their sport, having fun off the court and don’t want to be involved in politics. Well, there are other players and coaches that think differently. They want others to understand their voices being heard, knowing that they care about today’s world.
LeBron James and Stephen Curry both disgusted and shocked with Trump winning over Hilary Clinton. Heck even coaches express their thoughts on the whole situation, and quite frankly it was great for them to speak up about the next president of the United States.
“I’m a rich white guy and I’m sick to my stomach thinking about it,” said Greg Popovich, a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and the next coach of the U.S. Olympic men’s basketball team according to StarTribune. “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.”
“It’s tough when you want there to be some respect and dignity and there hasn’t been any and then you walk into a room with your daughter and your wife, who’ve basically been insulted by his comments, and they’re distraught,” Steve Kerr said according to the New York Times. “And you walk in and you see the faces of your players, most of them who have been insulted directly as minorities, it’s sort of shocking. It really is. We talked about it as a team this morning. I don’t know what else to say.”
Two of the smartest coaches in the NBA speak the truth. These players now will feel insulted going into the white house with a man known to criticize different minority groups. All these thoughts show politics overlapping sports. Athletes and coaches have feelings too. They care about their communities going through a difficult time, and it will make it hard for the media as well moving forward.
Only time will tell how Trump is as president, but players and coaches just need to be ready for what’s coming in the next four years.