Gregg Popovich Says He’s ‘Tired Of ’50- And 60- And 70-Year-Old White Men Screwing Up All Our Lives’

Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich is not pleased with some politicians’ responses to the May 24 mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, in which 19 children and two teachers were killed at Robb Elementary School. Specifically white, male politicians of a certain age.

Speaking Saturday at “Stand with Uvalde,” a fundraiser and community gathering, the 73-year-old Popovich said “I’m sick and tired of 50- and 60- and 70-year-old white men screwing up all our lives because they are selfish and really care about nothing else but their position.”

He also lambasted politicians such as Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, for focusing on the mental health crisis in the U.S., rather than instituting gun control policies.

Cruz, 51, falls in the category of “white men” who screw up everyone’s lives, according to Popovich, yet Cruz’s father was born and raised in Cuba. Though it went largely unnoticed, per The Washington Post, in 2016, Cruz became the first Latino candidate to win a presidential caucus or primary.

During Popovich’s screed blaming white men between the ages of 50-79, he also failed to mention the shooter was an 18-year-old Latino named Salvador Ramos.

The five-time NBA champion head coach added that he’s heard too much “thoughts and prayers,” and not seen enough action.

“We’ve heard all of the comments on television from some of our government officials about ‘thoughts and prayers and condolences,'” Popovich said. “They are the same statements after every massacre.”

Never one to hold his tongue, Popovich has been one of the most vocal members of the sports community on social and political issues. At the beginning of Colin Kaepernick’s National Anthem protest during the fall of 2016, for example, Popovich said he disagreed with those saying the protest was disrespectful to the military.

“A pretty good group of people immediately thought he was disrespecting the military,” Popovich said. “That had nothing to do with his protest. In fact, he was able to do what he did because of what the military does for us. Most thinking people understand that, but there is always going to be an element that wants to jump on a bandwagon and that’s what is unfortunate about our country.”

Popovich is just the latest head coach in sports to speak on the shooting, joining Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, who took time to call out politicians ahead of Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals last week.

“We are being held hostage by 50 senators in Washington who refuse to even put it to a vote, despite what we the American people want,” Kerr said. “They won’t vote on it, because they want to hold on to their own power.”

In the aftermath of the shooting, a group of 10 bipartisan senators have started discussing gun reform legislation. The group is led by Texas Republican John Cornyn, who said last week he was committed to coming up with a solution to making mass shootings less likely in the future.

“I’m not interested in making a political statement,” Cornyn said, via the AP. “I’m actually interested in what we can do to make the terrible events that occurred in Uvalde less likely in the future.”

Written by Nick Geddes

Nick Geddes is a 2021 graduate of the University of Central Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism. A life-long sports enthusiast, Nick shares a passion for sports writing and is proud to represent OutKick.

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  1. Haven’t heard him say one fucking word about the ongoing black on black slaughter that has been going on for decades in democrat black run Chicago yeah black run since he brought up race not a fucking peep or the ongoing atrocities in china selective outrage by this phony big mouth

    • 100% He’s a socialist just like all of the other Democrats. He only speaks when something fits his narrative. There are a bunch of women, blacks and Latino Democrat and RINOs in congress screwing things up too. Not to mention in the dementia patient’s administration. Pop needs to stick with basketball though that has seemed to have passed him by.

      And last time I checked, he’s an old white dude too. Maybe he should do us all a favor and check out of public life, the Spurs would probably be better off with him put out to pasture.

    • Yes, he plays the part of that “crazy” old caricature. Doubtful that he’s actually crazy. Seems more a role than authentic. Wikipedia: “At one point, Popovich considered a career with the Central Intelligence Agency.” So we’re to believe he considered that type of work but then totally abandoned such a career path.

  2. It always amazes me how self hating white liberals are. This clown puts down his own race, specifically gender and age. His black players probably laugh at the way he disparages his own race. You never, ever hear blacks put themselves down even when they are blatantly guilty or wrong.
    This douche sucks a lot of black and Communist Chinese dick.

    • To be “fair” (?) his entire career is based 100% on getting cooperation from black athletes. To emphatically curry their ongoing cooperation is probably a “smart” play on his part. That he comes across as a “crazy ol’ coot” is the price he pays …
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      I would be curious how local Spurs fans who don’t share his radical POV have taken to his over-the-top activism ???
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      • I’m a resident of San Antonio season ticket holder first 15 years of Spurs and still went to games and never missed watching on tv.When Tim retired and pop went full left wing nuts have not watched any Spurs or nba game.

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