Recall that Popovich is a mouthy Air Farce cunt who would get
his lights put out in three seconds in ground combat.
San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich ripped a Texas school
district for observing Columbus Day.
Popovich used part of his pregame press conference on Friday to
take a shot at the Alamo Heights Independent School District in
Alamo Heights, Texas, for their decision to keep the Columbus
Day holiday instead of changing it to Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
The 72-year-old legendary NBA coach likened the 15th-century
Italian explorer who sailed to the present-day Bahamas in 1492
to a genocidal mass murderer.
"He initiated a New World genocide," Popovich said of Columbus,
via the San Antonio Express-News. "He set in motion what
followed, the annihilation of every Indigenous person in
Hispaniola, which was Haiti and the Dominican Republic today. He
took slaves. He mutilated. He murdered."
Popovich also took issue with the idea that celebrating Columbus
Day was an honor for Italian Americans.
"It’s not a knock on Italian Americans. That’s a silly argument.
It’s like saying, ‘We should be proud of Hitler because we are
German.’ It makes no sense. It’s about Columbus. It’s not about
Italian Americans. So, there are a lot of states that have come
out and scratched Columbus Day and made it Indigenous Peoples’
Day. But in our city, are we that backward that we have school
districts that do that? I am amazed. Just amazed," he added.
The Alamo Heights School District didn’t respond to any of the
statements made by Popovich.
Joe Biden became the first president to mark Indigenous Peoples’
Day over the weekend. He said the day would be observed along
with Columbus Day.
"For generations, Federal policies systematically sought to
assimilate and displace Native people and eradicate Native
cultures," Biden wrote in the Indigenous Peoples’ Day
proclamation. "Today, we recognize Indigenous peoples’
resilience and strength as well as the immeasurable positive
impact that they have made on every aspect of American society."
He acknowledged the role Italian Americans played in U.S.
society, but also referenced the violence and harm Columbus and
other explorers of the age brought about on the Americas.
"Today, we also acknowledge the painful history of wrongs and
atrocities that many European explorers inflicted on Tribal
Nations and Indigenous communities," Biden wrote. "It is a
measure of our greatness as a Nation that we do not seek to bury
these shameful episodes of our past — that we face them
honestly, we bring them to the light, and we do all we can to
The Associated Press contributed to this report.