Key Words: Spurs coach Gregg Popovich: Don’t kid yourself, ‘we live in a racist country’

A reporter last night asked San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich why it’s important for the NBA to celebrate Black History Month.

Popovich isn’t one to pull any punches:

‘I think it’s pretty obvious. The league is made up of a lot of black guys. To honor that and understand it is pretty simplistic. How would you ignore that? But more importantly, we live in a racist country that hasn’t figured it out yet.’

Popovich explained that we need to “keep it in front of everybody’s nose” to hammer home the point that there’s still lots of work to do.

Here’s the interview:

And the response on Twitter:

Popovich, who once labeled Donald Trump a “soulless coward,” certainly isn’t afraid to share his politically charged opinions. He’s also talked about how his players should feel free to express their views on matters political, social, racial and beyond:

Earlier this month, Popovich talked in greater detail about America’s race problem and the White House’s role in flaming the flames.

“If you were born white, you automatically have a monstrous advantage educationally, economically, culturally and within the society,” he said. “We have a president… who spent four or five years disparaging and trying to illegitimize [Obama], and we know that was a big fake, but [he] still felt for some reason that it had to be done… If it’s being discussed and perpetrated at that level, then you have a national problem.”

Here’s one guy’s idea on how to fix it:

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