Gregg Popovich graduated from the Air Force Academy, served five years on active duty and later spent six years an a Falcons assistant before his coaching career eventually led to his remarkable run for the San Antonio Spurs.
Popovich has been a frequent and outspoken critic of President Donald Trump. But that background in the military made the legendary coach particularly prickly when Trump made comments on Monday that suggested past presidents hadn't called families of fallen service members. Popovich called a reporter at The Nation to vent his frustrations:
"This man in the Oval Office is a soulless coward who thinks that he can only become large by belittling others. This has of course been a common practice of his, but to do it in this manner—and to lie about how previous Presidents responded to the deaths of soldiers—is as low as it gets. We have a pathological liar in the White House: unfit intellectually, emotionally, and psychologically to hold this office and the whole world knows it, especially those around him every day. The people who work with this President should be ashamed because they know it better than anyone just how unfit he is, and yet they choose to do nothing about it. This is their shame most of all."