Gregg Popovich, Doc Rivers speak out after Daunte Wright shooting: ‘We’re canceling Black lives’
Philadelphia 76ers coach Doc Rivers and San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich spoke Monday night after the fatal shooting at Daunte Wright in Minnesota.
Popovich, who is perhaps the league's most outspoken coach, was more outraged than ever.
"It just makes you sick," Popovich said of KSAT's RJ Marquez. “How often does it have to happen? As sick as our stomachs may be, this individual is dead! He is dead! And his family mourns and his friends mourn. And we just keep going as if nothing happens. "
Wright was stopped on Sunday afternoon in a suburb north of Minneapolis for a traffic violation and police attempted to arrest him after finding he had an arrest warrant against him, according to the New York Times.
Wright then stepped back into his car and an officer shot him dead. He drove off and crashed several blocks away, where he died on the scene.
He was 20.
Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon said Monday that the officer who shot Wright accidentally did so when she tried to use her taser instead.
Filming takes place at a tense time in Minneapolis-St. Paul Range, a former police officer Derek Chauvin, is currently on trial for murder for the death of George Floyd last summer.
Wright's death caused the Minnesota Twins, Timberwolves and Wild to postpone their respective games in the Twin Cities on Monday. Athletes and other personalities from around the sports world used social media to express their anger over his death.
Popovich condemns Donald Trump, Republican, for inaction
Popovich got very emotional talking about the shooting. He said this was just the latest frustrating problem related to policing and gun control - something he has been extremely vocal about for years.
Although there is outrage immediately after such incidents, those in power keep pushing to "maintain the status quo." He also called out Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott.
"I mentioned our governor in Texas, Governor Abbott," Popovich said of KSAT's RJ Marquez. "It's unfortunate and almost impossible to listen to this man. The other day, when guns showed up, he actually made the statement again, an old, banal myth," You come for your guns. That will be the next step. They'll take your guns away. "
"Nobody takes someone's guns and they know it. So he's a liar. But he wants to keep his place. He wants to stay in power and will say anything he has to do to keep Donald Trump and the leadership going Rest of the Republicans to follow. "
Popovich continued to rail against the Republican Party and former President Donald Trump for joking the "big lie" about non-existent presidential election fraud, the violent and deadly riots in the US Capitol in January, and the COVID-19 pandemic . "
"It's childish. It's disgusting. It's dangerous. And do these people want a country or not?" Popovich said of KSAT's RJ Marquez. "Do these people have grandchildren? Do they want their grandchildren to go to work and school and going through these [mass shooting] drills and worrying about being murdered, what does it take?
“You care more about her than about your damn strength, your position, and your donors. And it's the same with the police. How many young black children have to be killed for no goddamn reason? "
Popovich concluded by calling for action within the NBA. He wants to know where the money is coming from.
"We have to find out who is funding these people," he said. “I want to know which NBA owners are funding these people who are telling these lies. Maybe this is a good start so that everything is transparent. "
San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich and Philadelphia 76ers coach Doc Rivers spoke after Daunte Wright's shooting in Minnesota Monday. (AP / Gerald Herbert)
Rivers: "Improving our culture as a society is really important."
Rivers made similar comments ahead of their game on Monday night.
The anger he and others in the Black Community felt after Wright's death had to go much further.
"[It's] frustrating the way it should be for ... I think we need to stop saying that it's frustrating for all black Americans," Rivers said of Philly Voice's Kyle Neubeck. “I think we should be frustrated by all Americans. I don't know if it was a mistake or not, I watched the body cam video like everyone else but I just know that the frustration is a real thing for everyone and for us. "
Rivers then went into the culture of demolition, which he felt was completely wrong - and brought up how Germany was progressing and being rebuilt after World War II.
"You keep hearing this cultural material about canceling, but we cancel black lives. I think that's a little more important to me and it just keeps on happening," Rivers said of Philly Voice's Kyle Neubeck. "We keep making mistakes killing black people ... For me it is really important to improve our culture as a society, not cancel it, improve it.
“Other countries have done a great job. I keep going back to Germany, I use Germany as a good example. You don't see swastikas, you don't see statues of Nazi soldiers everywhere, and they don't say that this is nullifying the culture. They say it improves their culture. I think we need to think more about these terms. "
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