San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich donned a hat in support of Texas Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeO'Rourke clarifies remarks, leaves door open to gubernatorial bid O'Rourke says he's not planning on run for Texas governor O'Rourke slams Cruz for video of border visit MORE (D) during his team’s practice on Friday.

In footage of the practice captured by a local ABC affiliate, Popovich could be seen sporting the “Beto” hat at his team’s practice facility on Friday evening, which also marked the final day of early voting in Texas.

The show of support for the Texas Democrat arrives as O’Rourke and incumbent Republican Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzFormer OMB pick Neera Tanden to serve as senior adviser to Biden Seth Rogen says he's not in a feud with 'fascist' Ted Cruz, whose 'words caused people to die' GOP votes to replace Cheney with Stefanik after backing from Trump MORE enter their final stretch in the hotly contested Texas Senate race.

This is not the first time the NBA coach has waded into politics, however.

Popovich, who has long been a critic of President TrumpDonald TrumpVirginia GOP gubernatorial nominee acknowledges Biden was 'legitimately' elected Biden meets with DACA recipients on immigration reform Overnight Health Care: States begin lifting mask mandates after new CDC guidance | Walmart, Trader Joe's will no longer require customers to wear masks | CDC finds Pfizer, Moderna vaccines 94 percent effective in health workers MORE, made the rounds on social media earlier this year after he ripped Trump for his absence at the nationwide "March for Our Lives" demonstrations in March.


"If you just sit for a moment and imagine those bullets going through those bodies, and what those bodies might have looked like afterwards, how can the president of the country talk about all the things he's going to do, and then go have lunch with the [National Rifle Association] and change it?" Popovich said at the time.

He also captured headlines after he called the United States a "global embarrassment" under Trump's leadership following his attacks on black athletes who have boycotted standing for the national anthem. 

Popovich's political statement also comes a week after Los Angeles Lakers player LeBron James donned a similar "Beto" hat shortly before his team's match-up against the San Antonio Spurs last Saturday.