Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich Reacts To Sutherland Springs Massacre

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San Antonio Spurs basketball coach Gregg Popovich didn’t spend much time talking with reporters after his team’s victory Sunday against the Phoenix Suns.

Instead of going through his usual post-game routine with reporters, he made a brief statement about the Sutherland Springs, Texas church massacre before leaving.

“We won a basketball game, but considering what’s going on today, it’s pretty meaningless. When you think about the tragedy those families are suffering, it’s just inconceivable. It’s impossible to put your head around. So I think talking about basketball tonight is probably pretty inappropriate,” the NBA championship winning coach told reporters after the game.


Gunman Devin Kelley killed 26 people and wounded 30 more when he entered a church and opened fire. Sutherland Springs is about an hour away from San Antonio.

It’s easy to forget sometimes, but Popovich is right when he says basketball is note important in the big picture. It’s a sport meant to bring joy and entertainment to people, and it’s easy understand how a violent act so close to home would make him not want to discuss the game.

There are a lot of things in life that matter a whole lot more than sports.

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