San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich donned a hat in support of Texas Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeBiden calls for revoking key online legal protection Trump mocks Booker over suspended presidential campaign Julián Castro endorses Warren in 2020 race 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 CruzSenate GOP mulls speeding up Trump impeachment trial The Hill's Morning Report — President Trump on trial GOP threatens to weaponize impeachment witnesses amid standoff 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 John TrumpNational Archives says it altered Trump signs, other messages in Women's March photo Dems plan marathon prep for Senate trial, wary of Trump trying to 'game' the process Democratic lawmaker dismisses GOP lawsuit threat: 'Take your letter and shove it' 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.