Wednesday, 25 January 2017

NBA: Detroit coach Van Gundy 'ashamed' of Trump victory

Outspoken Detroit Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy joined a number of other non-political voices on Wednesday in condemning the election of Donald Trump as US President, stating that he was "ashamed" of the outcome.

Several actors, writers and musicians had earlier expressed their disappointment at Republican Trump's successful election, with many having publicly supported Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton beforehand.

A visibly shaken Van Gundy, however went further, and felt Trump's rhetoric about women, ethnic minorities and immigrants during the campaign would only damage the country.

"It's embarrassing. I can't say I've ever been ashamed of our country until today," Van Gundy told reporters. "We just elected an openly brazen racist, misogynist leader.

"What we have done to minorities and women in this election is despicable. I'm having a hard time dealing with it.
"We have just thrown a good part of our population under the bus and I have problems with thinking this is where we are as a country."

Van Gundy, whose Pistons team is mostly African-American, added he felt the US could no longer claim to be a moral leader and had disqualified itself from lecturing other countries on human rights.

"I don't want to hear anything from our leaders talking to China or anybody else about human rights abuses," he said.


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