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NBA great, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich calls Donald Trump a ‘soulless coward’

San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, one of Donald Trump’s most vocal critics, slammed the United States president Donald Trump for false claims made about his predecessors.

other sports Updated: Oct 17, 2017 11:46 IST
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San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich talks with Spurs forward Joffrey Lauvergne (77) in the second half of an NBA pre-season basketball game against the Houston Rockets Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, in Houston. (AP)

San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich labelled controversial United States president Donald Trump a “soulless coward” for false claims about his predecessors not calling the families of fallen soldiers.

Trump has angered players and representatives from the NBA, NFL, NHL and MLB due to a number of comments made about issues in the United States, and he was at it again on Monday.

President Donald Trump’s remarks as to why he did not mention the four US soldiers killed in ambush in Niger sparked a rant from the Spurs coach. (AP)

The 71-year-old Donald Trump claimed that former president Barack Obama did not call the families of fallen service members, and it drew a response from one of his most vocal critics – Gregg Popovich.

Having already said Trump is “embarrassing to our institutions and what we all stand for”, five-time NBA championship-winning coach Popovich may have taken his frustrations to another level following the president’s latest remarks.

San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich has served in the US Airforce. (AP)

Popovich – who served in the Air Force and is the head coach for the United States national basketball team – told the Nation: “I want to say something and please just let me talk and please make sure this is on the record.

“I’ve been amazed and disappointed by so much of what this president had said, and his approach to running this country, which seems to be one of just a never-ending divisiveness. But his comments today about those who have lost loved ones in times of war and his lies that previous presidents Obama and (George W) Bush never contacted their families, is so beyond the pale, I almost don’t have the words.

A woman holds an "Everybody vs Trump" sign in the first quarter of the game at CenturyLink Field on October 1, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. (AFP)

This man in the Oval Office is a soulless coward who thinks that he can only become large by belittling others. This has of course been a common practice of his, but to do it in this manner–and to lie about how previous presidents responded to the deaths of soldiers — is as low as it gets. We have a pathological liar in the White House: unfit intellectually, emotionally, and psychologically to hold this office and the whole world knows it, especially those around him every day.

“The people who work with this President should be ashamed because they know it better than anyone just how unfit he is, and yet they choose to do nothing about it. This is their shame most of all.”

First Published: Oct 17, 2017 11:33 IST