Detroit coach Van Gundy 'ashamed' of Trump victory

Thu Nov 10, 2016 4:41am EST
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(Reuters) - 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 U.S. 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 U.S. 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.

"We need to keep our mouths shut and realize we need to be learning maybe from the rest of the world because we ain't got nothing to teach them."   Continued...

Apr 17, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Detroit Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy reacts during the first quarter in game one of the first round of the NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports