Texas Coach Shaka Smart Calls Election of Donald Trump a ‘Slap in The Face’ (Audio)

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Goodness. Since Tuesday’s election of the controversial Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States, a few coaches have spoken out against him.

First, Detroit Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy went on a rant:

“We have just thrown a good part of our population under the bus, and I have problems with thinking that this is where we are as a country.”

Next up was Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr:

“I thought The Jerry Springer Show was The Jerry Springer Show. Watching the last debate, Trump would make a crack at Clinton, and you could hear fans in the stands ‘Oooooh, oooh, no you didn’t!’. Like, yeah he did. This is the presidential election, it’s not The Jerry Springer Show. I’m sorry, this is my rant. I’m disappointed in the lack of respect and dignity that’s involved, and that’s the way it goes.”

Then San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich:

“Right now, I’m just trying to formulate thoughts. It’s too early. I’m still sick to my stomach. And not basically because the Republicans won or anything. But the disgusting tenor and tone and all the comments that have been xenophobic, homophobic, racist, misogynistic, and…I live in a country where half of the people ignored all that to elect someone.”

Texas Longhorns coach Shaka Smart is the latest to speak out on the election of Donald Trump and he was just as upset about it as most of the country:

“When someone is elected who has a history of being hateful, of being racist, of being sexist, of saying certain things that are derogatory toward a certain group, it feels like a slap in the face,” Smart said, according to the Austin American-Statesmanand Dallas Morning News. “That’s how some of [our players] felt. But you know what? We’re going to have to move forward. They’re not going to do another election. It is what it is, and we have to respond the right way. … Our country’s spoken. America’s got some issues. But this is not surprising based on the history of America.”

“If we’re all about hating each other and thinking that everyone’s wrong and looking down on each other, we’re going to have a lot of problems,” Smart said. “What I’m trying to do with these guys is about what goes into success in life and obviously basketball. Unfortunately after that election, we’ve got some guys who were really, really hurt. To them, it was a message of, ‘Hey, you’re not as significant and important as other people in this country.’

“People may disagree, but that’s what they perceived,” he added. “Everyone has their own reality. We all have our own reality. Obviously for a lot of different people, their reality was different than maybe what our guys’ is or what mine is.”

“To me, the most troubling part of that was the reaction that a lot of people had to those guys,” Smart said. “I thought there was a lot of hatred that came out. There was a lot of racism that was disguised as patriotism going after those guys. I think that was really low level.”

“I think we have a responsibility to communicate with our guys about the things that are going on in their life,” Smart said. “Unless your head is completely in the sand, this election is one of the things going on in all of our lives this week. Now, maybe some people are completely focused on something else. But I think there is a responsibility to talk about it, see how guys are feeling.”

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