Gregg Popovich says Roger Goodell 'folded' after Trump criticized NFL players protesting
San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich believes NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell "folded" when President Donald Trump criticized players kneeling to protest police brutality during the national anthem. As for the honor of finally telling the league that black lives play a role in a league statement? He is not sure about that.
Popovich spoke to Maureen Dowd from the New York Times about the breed and the problems associated with it. He criticized NFL owners Goodell and Trump - albeit to a much lesser extent than when he called him "a fool instead of a president" - about hypocrisy and their attitude to racial issues.
Popovich exclaims Goodell: "flag is irrelevant"
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Popovich criticized Goodell for waiting until last week to say black lives matter and publicly recognized that quarterback Colin Kaepernick's protest was never about the flag. Goodell said in a statement that the league was "wrong" in handling player protests - they punished players who did so - the day after the players released a powerful video asking them to say the words.
Popovich told The Times:
"A smart man runs the N.F.L. and he didn't understand the difference between the flag and what makes the country great - all the people who fought for Kaepernick to have the right to kneel for justice, "he says. "The flag is irrelevant. It's just a symbol that people look forward to for political reasons, just like Cheney in the Iraq war. "
He continues with Goodell: "He was intimidated when Trump jumped to his knees" and "he folded." Popovich says it is analogous to Republican lawmakers who support Trump for fear "that they will be twittered out of office and will not be elected in the next round." If Tom Cotton and Lindsey Graham have no people at home who are ashamed to look each other in the eye, he thinks.
Kaepernick has long claimed that it was never about the flag, and that, according to controversial comments from Drew Brees, has become a broader daylight. Since then, Brees has apologized twice for equating the protest with the flag and lack of patriotism.
Popovich calls the owners "hypocritical"
A handful of NFL owners, including Robert Kraft from the New England Patriots and Jerry Jones from Dallas Cowboys, donated millions to Trump's opening committee in 2017. Some of these organizations have said after George Floyd's murder by the police that they are facing black lives and human lives are determined to make changes. They also pledged money for purposes, although Jones was unusually calm.
Popovich disagrees. About the times:
"It's just hypocritical," he replies. "It is incongruent. It makes no sense. People are not blind. Go to your employees and your players and talk about injustices and democracy and how you can protest? I don't understand it. I think they are in a position brought that is untenable. "
NFL defensive end Michael Bennett said this earlier this week. If an owner supports Trump, his racial equality letter is “null and void”.
Popovich is very familiar with the art of pronunciation. In February 2019, he said he believed Kaepernick would be celebrated in time and seen just like Muhammad Ali, Tommie Smith and John Carlos.
“(Kaepernick) was very brave in what he was doing. He did it for the right reasons. The same story will unfold over time, ”Popovich then said. In a way, it has already started.
He was also critical of Trump, calling him a fool recently and in late last fall. NBA commissioner Adam Silver was a better leader than the president.
San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich calls for a call against the Denver Nuggets in the first half of an NBA game on February 10, 2020 in Denver. (AP Photo / David Zalubowski)
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