San Antonio Spurs head coach and five time NBA championship winner Gregg Popovich spoke with reporters on Friday about President-elect Donald Trump's election victory.
"I'm still sick to my stomach, and not basically because the Republicans won or anything, but the disgusting tenor, tone and all the comments that have been xenophobic, homophobic, racist, misogynistic. And I live in that country where half the people ignored all that to elect someone. That's the scariest part of [the] whole thing to me," Popovich said.
"It's got nothing to do with the environment, Obamacare and all the other stuff. We live in a country that ignored all those values that we would hold our kids accountable for," he added. "They'd be grounded for years if they acted and said the things that was said in that campaign by Donald Trump."
During the six minutes he spoke on the matter, Popovich questioned the evangelicals who supported Trump and expressed great respect for the Republican leaders who refused to back Trump. He also worried what Trump's presidency would mean for minority groups like Hispanics and African Americans.
"What gets lost in the process are African-Americans, Hispanics, women and the gay population, not to mention the eighth-grade developmental stage exhibited by him when he made fun of the handicapped person," Popovich said. "I mean, come on. That's what an eighth-grade bully does, and he was elected president of the United States. We would have scolded our kids. We would have had discussions and talked until we were blue in the face trying to get them to understand these things. And he is in charge of our country. That's disgusting."
When a reporter attempted to move on with a different question, Popovich cut him off.
"I'm not done. One could go on and on. We didn't make this stuff up. He's angry at the media because they reported what he said and how he acted. It's ironic to me. It just makes no sense. So that's my real fear. And that's what gives me so much pause and makes me feel so badly, that the country is willing to be that intolerant and not understand the empathy that's necessary to understand other groups' situations," Popovich said.
He added, "I'm a rich, white guy. And I'm sick to my stomach thinking about it. I couldn't imagine being a Muslim right now or a woman or an African-American, a Hispanic, a handicapped person, and how disenfranchised they might feel. And for anyone in those groups that voted for him, it's just beyond my comprehension how they ignored all that."
Popovich ended with one final comment about where he believes the country is headed.
"My final conclusion is, my big fear is, we are Rome," he said.
Popovich is not the only NBA coach who has spoken out against Trump's election win. Clippers coach Doc Rivers and Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy have also expressed their frustrations about the presidential election result.
Full audio of Popovich and Van Gundy's comments are below: