San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich said President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump vows 'No more money for RINOS,' instead encouraging donations to his PAC Federal judge rules 'QAnon shaman' too dangerous to be released from jail Pelosi says Capitol riot was one of the most difficult moments of her career MORE “brings out the dark side of human beings for his own purpose.”

Popovich, who has criticized Trump before, made the comments ahead of his team’s game against the Washington Wizards in D.C. on Tuesday night, according to USA Today.

He said Trump “hopes to bore us to death” with new issues every day, adding “we take our eye off the ball, and [Trump’s] great at it.”


“He brings out the dark side of human beings for his own purpose, which is himself. If it's not pointed out, if people don't stand up and point it out, he will become commonplace, and it's not the world that I want to live in,” Popovich said.

He went on to praise the student survivors from the Parkland, Fla., school shooting who helped organize the March for Our Lives rally in D.C. this past weekend.

“That's why the kids that have been doing this, they had the march and everything. They give me hope that I'm actually living in the country that I thought I was living in. Because at times, it's not where I thought I was living, but they made me believe. They give you hope for the future that they want to do the right things, that have moral clarity and common sense,” the coach said.

He also criticized Trump for walking back his previous commitments to gun restrictions, calling it a “dereliction of duty on the part of everybody around Trump.”

“He's who he is. He's actually kind of boring because he's done this all so much. We all know what's coming and we know what lie's gonna happen. That's not very interesting. It's pathetic,” Popovich said.

“But the people around him, they knew when he was a primary, they say all these things about him, they're intelligent, but their position, their power, is more important than our children and our grandchildren,” he continued.

Popovich had slammed Trump on Sunday for not appearing at the anti-gun violence march, calling it "just cowardice." The president was at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida over the weekend.

More than one million people were estimated to have attended March for Our Lives events across the country on Saturday.