Spurs’ Greg Popovich at Social Justice Summit: ‘I live in a country I didn’t know’

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San Antonio Spurs Coach Greg Popovich doesn’t shy away from touching on hot button issues and giving his own hot take on the state of the country.

Popovich was in New York City on Saturday and spoke at Jay-Z’s Social Justice Summit. The event honored attorney Barry Schacht for his work on the Innocence Project.

During his speech, Popovich said that he did not know there were racists in America “up to this level”.

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Award recipients Barry Schacht and Greg Popovich pose for a photo together as the United Justice Coalition, which hosted the inaugural Social Justice Summit on July 23, 2022, at Center 415 with acclaimed activists, entertainers, lawyers, and experts in New York City hosts.
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“This is the country we live in. I don’t have the answer, but it bothers me. It hurts me. It confuses me. And I wonder where would I live? I live in a country like that.” I didn’t know existed. I knew there were racists, I understand it. But I didn’t know it was up to this level, and that injustice and demands for power were so prevalent that we’re in that position. which we are at now.” ,

Popovich has made his political stance quite clear over the past five years.

He has regularly slammed former President Trump and other Republican politicians over their policies.

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San Antonio Spurs head coach Greg Popovich looks on during a game against the New Orleans Pelicans during the 2022 Play-In Tournament at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana, on April 13, 2022.

San Antonio Spurs head coach Greg Popovich looks on during a game against the New Orleans Pelicans during the 2022 Play-In Tournament at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana, on April 13, 2022.
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In 2020, he supported the vote Austin to reduce police budget And called Trump “blatantly racist” and “just ignorant” those who don’t understand the Black Lives Matter movement.

In February 2021, he called a second Trump impeachment a “good move” after the Capitol riots. He slammed Texas Gov. Greg Abbott for lifting the mask mandate in March 2021 and later that year Compared to Christopher Columbus to Adolf Hitler.

San Antonio Spurs head coach Greg Popovich signs his players during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday, March 7, 2022 in San Antonio.

San Antonio Spurs head coach Greg Popovich signs his players during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday, March 7, 2022 in San Antonio.
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In addition, Popovich has led the Spurs to five NBA championships. He is also the leader in all-time regular-season wins with 1,344 wins under his belt.