Gregg Popovich: United States an ’embarrassment to the world’

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San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich is the latest sports figure to speak out about the impact of Donald Trump’s presidency and his comments may be the most scathing of all.

Popovich has been no stranger to denouncing Trump, but added to his criticism of the president on Monday as part of NBA-wide media day ahead of training camps.

Trump set off a firestorm of reaction and protest throughout sports, particularly in the NFL and NBA, after calling football players that kneel during the American national anthem “sons of bitches” that should be “fired” by team owners.

Popovich added that “race is the elephant in the room” and discussions need to intensify for change to occur.

“People have to be made to feel uncomfortable, and especially white people, because we’re comfortable,” he told reporters.