Which NBA coach should run for office: Steve Kerr or Gregg Popovich?
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Which NBA coach should run for office: Steve Kerr or Gregg Popovich?

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Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr went in on the NFL, criticizing the league for promoting fake patriotism to protect its business interests. He and San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich often use their platform to speak against racial inequality. Both have also been frequent critics of President Donald Trump, much to the delight of some NBA fans. In a battle of woke coaches—who would you vote for in an election? 🏀

THE VOTES ARE IN!
#Kerr2020
30.5%
#Popovich2020
69.5%

Kerr had feelings about the NFL's new national anthem policy:

I think it's just typical of the NFL. They're just playing off their fan base, and they're just basically trying to use the anthem as fake patriotism, nationalism, scaring people. It's idiotic, but that's how the NFL has handled their business.I'm proud to be in a league that understands patriotism in America is about free speech. It's about peacefully protesting. I think our leaders in the NBA understand that when an NFL player is kneeling, they were kneeling to protest police brutality, to protest racial inequality. They weren't disrespecting the flag or the military, but our president decided to make it about that and the NFL followed suit and pandered to their fan base by creating this hysteria. It's kind of what's wrong with our country. People in high places are trying to divide us, divide loyalties, make this about the flag, as if the flag is something other than what it really is. It's a representation of what we're about, which is diversity, peaceful protest, the abilities, the right to free speech. So, it's really ironic, actually, what the NFL is doing.

Steve Kerr also has no problem dragging President Trump in public:

I’ve been fortunate enough to meet President Reagan, both Bushes, Clinton, and Obama. I didn’t agree with all of them, but it was easy to set politics aside because each possessed an inherent respect for the office, as well as the humility that comes with being a public servant in an incredible position of power, representing 300 million people. And that’s the problem now. In his tweet to Steph, Trump talked about honoring the White House but, really, isn’t it you who must honor the White House, Mr. President? And the way to do that is through compassion and dignity and being above the fray. Not causing the fray.

Gregg Popovich also pulls no punches when it comes to speaking out against President Trump:

I think [these] people have been enabled by an example we've all been given...our country is an embarrassment to the world.

Not only does he care about social issues, he recognizes the privilege he has as a white man not having to deal with the everyday struggle of being black in America. He should be an example to others on how to be empathetic—especially in a professional sports league that benefits financially from its predominantly black talent pool.

It's difficult for white people to understand the day to day feeling that many black people have to deal with. It's not just rogue policeman, or a policeman exerting too much force or power...It's too easy for people to let it go because it's not their daily experience. If it's not your daily experience, you don't understand it.
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