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    导出博客文章SAN ANTONIO -- Spurs coach Gregg Popovich spoke Friday about his frustration
    with Tuesdays election of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United
    States.Im 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, he said before the Spurs home
    game against the Detroit Pistons. And I live in that country where half the
    people ignored all that to elect someone. Thats the scariest part of [the] whole
    thing to me.Its 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.Popovich spoke with reporters for nearly six
    minutes about the election. He said he understands why some, including political
    leaders, are calling for Americans to support the president-elect. But Popovich
    said Trumps words cannot be simply overlooked and forgotten.Everybody wants him
    to be successful. Its our country; we dont want it to go down the drain,
    Popovich said. Any reasonable person would come to that conclusion, but it does
    not take away the fact that he used that fear-mongering and all the comments
    from day one. The race-baiting with trying to make Barack Obama, our first black
    president, illegitimate. It leaves me to wonder where Ive been living and with
    whom Im living.Popovich also expressed empathy for minority groups that might be
    adversely affected by Trumps remarks during his campaign.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, he said. I mean, come on. Thats 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. Thats disgusting.Popovich emphasized that his problem with Trump
    isnt merely a matter of political affiliation.Values to me are more important
    than anybodys skill in business or anything else because it tells who we are,
    how we want to live and what kind of people we are, he said. Thats why I have
    great respect for people like Lindsey Graham, John McCain, John Kasich, who I
    disagree with on a lot of political things. But they had enough fiber and
    respect for humanity and tolerance for all groups to say what they said about
    [Trump].When a reporter interrupted to start a new line of questioning, Popovich
    cut him off.Im not done, he said. One could go on and on. We didnt make this
    stuff up. Hes angry at the media because they reported what he said and how he
    acted. Its ironic to me. It just makes no sense. So thats my real fear.?And
    thats 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 thats necessary
    to understand other groups situations.Im a rich, white guy. And Im sick to my
    stomach thinking about it. I couldnt 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, its just beyond my comprehension how they ignored all that.As his remarks
    ended, Popovich said he was concerned that the U.S. is on the same path as the
    Roman Empire.My final conclusion is, my big fear is, we are Rome, he
    said.Popovich is just one of many coaches and athletes who have shared their
    opinions on the election following Trumps victory Tuesday.As anti-Trump protests
    spread nationwide after the election, Clippers coach Doc Rivers said Wednesday
    night that there was nothing wrong with people protesting Trumps election
    victory but that they should be open to giving him the opportunity to prove
    himself.The election didnt go the way I wanted it to go, Rivers said. I
    personally know Donald Trump. Ive golfed with him, and I know him. I dont think
    theres anyone who runs for president that wants to do bad. I really dont. So,
    you know, he won. My take on it: Lets give him a chance and see what he can do.
    Thats the only way anyway now. So, lets go with that.Pistons?coach Stan Van
    Gundy said he noticed his players were uncharacteristically quiet because they
    were thinking about the election, and Van Gundy told the Detroit Free Press that
    Trump was openly and brazenly racist and misogynistic.I have problems with
    thinking that this is where we are as a country. Its tough on [the team], he
    said. What we have done to minorities ... in this election is despicable. Im
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