Gregg Popovich on Texas lifting mask mandate: 'This is really ridiculous'

The San Antonio Spurs head coach spoke prior to Tuesday's game about Governor Greg Abbott's decision to get rid of the mask mandate in the state of Texas.

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GREGG POPOVICH: In all honesty, I'm worried about the people in our state. That's a pretty mystifying decision, considering the situation that we're all in. But, as far as the players go, we listen to the NBA, not Governor Abbott. It puts a lot of businesses in a tough spot, I think. You know, they're trying to do a good job of keeping everybody safe. Of course they want to open up.

But, getting rid of masks just seems ignorant to me. You know, it's like, we have to have instant gratification. We have to act like, you know, the pandemic is over. We already went through this once. And now we're going to do it again? I mean, when you go into those restaurants, you know, you take your mask off anyway when you're eating.

So, how hard can it be? And now they're going to have to talk to people that come in, and to people that didn't want to wear masks in the first place. How do the businesses get them to wear masks? Well now they don't have to. So now, there will be more infections, one would think.

But when all of a sudden, we act like it's over with, when all the science tells us the opposite, it's basically like you're saying, you get infected, you die. It's the way it goes. We got to open up. That's not the way to do it. This is really ridiculous.