San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich donned a hat in support of Texas Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeDeval Patrick enters 2020 race O'Rourke says he 'absolutely' plans to stay in politics Krystal Ball: Buttigieg is 'the boomer candidate' 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 CruzOvernight Defense: Erdoğan gets earful from GOP senators | Amazon to challenge Pentagon cloud contract decision in court | Lawmakers under pressure to pass benefits fix for military families Erdoğan gets earful from GOP senators at White House Senators confirm Erdoğan played 'propaganda' video in White House meeting 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 TrumpTrump reversed course on flavored e-cigarette ban over fear of job losses: report Trump to award National Medal of Arts to actor Jon Voight Sondland notified Trump officials of investigation push ahead of Ukraine call: report 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.