NBA Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich: ‘We Live In A Racist Country’

Justin Caruso | Senior Media Reporter

San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said in a video posted Tuesday that the United States is a “racist country.”

Popovich, talking about the importance of Black History Month, said, “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, and it’s always important to bring attention to it, even if it angers some people. The point is that you have to keep it in front of everybody’s nose, so that they understand that it still hasn’t been taken care of, and we have a lot of work to do.”

This isn’t the first time Popovich has made his thoughts on race known. In September, he said, “Whether it’s the LGBT movement, women’s suffrage, race, it doesn’t matter. People have to be made to feel uncomfortable, and especially white people because we’re comfortable. We still have no clue of what being born white means.” (RELATED: NBA Coach: ‘White People Especially’ Need To Be Made ‘Uncomfortable’)

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