Sport Popovich's political views elicit extreme responses, but mostly respect

07:22  15 november  2017
07:22  15 november  2017 Source:   latimes.com

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Stefan Stevenson sstevenson@star-telegram.com. Basketball. Popovich ’ s political views elicit off-the-cuff responses to the media over his 21-year tenure with the Spurs has garnered him respect He receives a ton of mail from fans regarding his political views . As you would guess, it’s not all

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DALLAS - San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich is a beloved NBA personality. That's hard to dispute. His five titles, humorously short in-game television interviews and classic, off-the-cuff responses to the media over his 21-year tenure with the Spurs has garnered him respect around the league.

But he's also reviled by a small segment of the population for his political views that he's routinely shared, especially his commentary on President Donald Trump. Popovich's political bona fides are even being analyzed by pundits.

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Some Spurs fans vowed to stop going to games because of Gregg Popovich ' s political comments. “Some responses make you wonder what country you live in,” Popovich said, “and other The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting.

Statistics show that 55 percent of all Internet users feel the Internet increases the influence of those with extreme political views . Not showing respect for the opposing side says you don’t care, an implicit insult. And what better way to elicit a negative, unconstructive response ?

He receives a ton of mail from fans regarding his political views. As you would guess, it's not all perfume-scented messages of support.

"I do read everything and I try to respond. It takes time because there are a lot of letters," said Popovich, who graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1970 and served five years. "The only ones I don't respond to are the ones that are so courageous in their negativity that there is no address."

Most of the letters, even if they disagree with his stances on Trump and other political matters, are respectful and deserve a response, he said.

Overall, the response from fans has encouraged him that the country has not lost its way, despite what may be happening in Washington, D.C.

"There are people who have responded and disagree and say why and it's erudite and intelligible, and it's like, 'Yeah, you've got a point,'" he said. "Most people deserve to be written back so I try."

Getting to everyone is impossible, he said, but he earnestly tries to go through it all.

"Some responses make you wonder what country you live in. Others responses make you very hopeful. There's a whole lot more of hopeful than 'My gosh, how did this person come up with this?' " Popovich said. "Overall, it renews my feeling that something can be done because there are enough people willing to listen and feel and compromise."

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