The Jay Graves Report

Why Gregg Popovich sets the tone in San Antonio and a “message of equality” fits their culture!

The San Antonio Spurs display a message of equality on the jumbo-tron after the national anthem is played. Another example of why this team completely gets it. Photo: Sports Illustrated

Every time the San Antonio Spurs come to town to play the Indiana Pacers I make sure that I’m in front of the visitors locker room at 5:30pm for Gregg Popovich’s pre-game interview. I typically never talk to the visitin’ coaches before the game because I could care less as to what they’ve got to say. I’m not coverin’ their team bruh. However, when the big homie that grew up in East Chicago and then Merrillville, playin’ his little league hoop in the G comes to town I’ve got to holler at him. Why? Because he loves talkin’ about, race and social issues that effect Americans more than he likes talkin’ basketball. That’s real talk.

Most cats are afraid to ask Pop a question but that’s because they don’t know what the dun likes to talk about. He’s probably the most socially conscience white cat I’ve ever met. He completely understands that there is a double standard and that white privilege actually exists. He loves people to death and he’s my guy for actually sayin’ what most people, black or white, are afraid to say.

So when the Spurs tipped off their season on Wednesday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves. It wasn’t a surprise that followin’ the national anthem the team showed a “message of equality” on it’s jumbo-tron as both teams continued to lock arms. The message read as follows:

“We understand your desire to attend our games as an escape and chosen form of entertainment. In fact, we feel there is a significant commonality in all of us that allows our community to be so special. That commonality should include aspirations for social justice, freedom of speech in its many forms, and equal opportunity for education and economic advancement regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or religion. It is our hope that we can, as a community, inspire and evoke real change. We ask that you join us in your daily lives in the pursuit of equality. And in that, we honor our country by exercising demands for what this great nation has promised and what our military continues to fight for.”

The big homie that’s always got the right thing to say! #salute my brother! Photo: The Intercept

Let’s keep it real or all the way 100, whichever comes 1st! That was gangsta bruh because it sent a message to those that want to divide citizens in this country purposely. There are “powers that be” that are tryin’ their best to keep a divisive tone in America by usin’ the national anthem protests to fuel a fire of separation and hate.

Those that have good sense and good hearin’ understand that these players have articulated why they were kneelin’ durin’ the anthem, includin’ Colin Kaepernick. The sole purpose of the protest is to speak out against police brutality, racial and social injustice. However, because none of those things affect a certain portion of the American population it’s easy for most folks not to care and they don’t.

That’s why I’ve got the ultimate respect for Pop because he could literally live his life without carin’ about what happens to people of color in this country. He could go about his business and never give two rips about police brutality, racial and social injustice but he does. He always finds the time to address this foolishness and because of his leadership the entire organization stands behind him on it.

This is an example of usin’ your platform to make a difference in the world. Big shout out to the big homie Gregg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs for bein’ the leaders that we wish to have all over this country. Stop me when I start lyin’!

Playas Thesaurus: 

1) Dun: noun – the person in question, dude, guy, etc. It’s whoever I’m talkin’ about and its non-gender specific.

2) The G: noun – Gary, Indiana

The G is excluded from the endings of all words because the G is near and dear to my heart because I’m from “The G” which is Gary, Indiana. So I only use the G when I’m talkin’ about “The G!”

The caption under the photo isn’t real but its real talk!