The Detroit Lions’ Jim Caldwell is what everyone wants their NFL coach to be. Focused on winning games. This was the first Sunday, since the presidential election. And, the upset led to everyone talking and sharing their thoughts on the election. The NBA even had their share of coaches that delivered strong opinions on the final results. Caldwell chose to go a different route with him and his team.
Everyone views the political race as being a huge, and for some devastating upset. When asked about the elections, Caldwell had this to say: “I try to always use this platform for what it’s meant for, and that’s obviously to talk about our team and those kinds of things. The other things, I leave to private settings of some sort. I think the big thing, to me, what’s important, and this all I’m going to say about it; leadership is important.”
Caldwell did share one spin on the politics drama: “I do know, for a fact, had I voiced some of the same opinions as our candidates, I probably wouldn’t have a job within five minutes of walking off this stage. But yet, a person can become the leader of the free world. Again, it’s a different time and place and we’re moving forward.”
Compared to the remarks of Steve Van Gundy, Detroit Pistons’ coach, Caldwell’s remarks were squeaky clean. “We presume to tell other countries about human-rights abuses and everything else. We better never do that again, when our leaders talk to China or anybody else about human-rights abuses. We just elected an openly, brazen misogynist leader, and we should keep our mouths shut and realize that we need to be learning maybe from the rest of the world. Because, we don’t got anything to teach anybody”, said Van Gundy.