Spurs players have "the right and ability" to express their political opinions, said Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich during the team's media day on Monday, following a weekend that saw football players across the league do just that.
Popovich didn't mince words when speaking about Donald Trump and the weekend's NFL drama.
"Our country is an embarrassment to the world," he said during the press conference.
He said the the country needed to have discussions on race and that "people have to be made to feel uncomfortable."
"Because you were born white you have advantages," he said. "Many people can't look at it, it's too difficult."
Popovich mentioned "childishness" and "gratuitous fear-mongering" within the recent mix of sports and politics.
He also called called Trump's decision to rescind his invitation to the White House to last year's champion Golden State Warriors "disgusting."
"I thought it was comical it was rescinded because they weren't going anyway," he said.