Former Houston Rockets head coach and Boston Celtics great Kevin McHale was likely at President Donald Trump’s campaign rally Wednesday night in Duluth, Minnesota. A person who looks like McHale was spotted in a photo posted to Twitter and his wife, Lynn McHale, tweeted that she was going to the rally.
McHale has strong ties to the Minnesota Timberwolves and he was also born in the state. McHale, who now works as an analyst for TNT during its NBA broadcasts and for NBATV, has not commented about the rally or whether he supports Trump. You can see the photo from the rally below:
McHale’s wife tweeted about the rally, “Heading there now. #MAGA.” Lynn McHale added, “Wish I could live stream.” After the rally, she tweeted, “Glad Trump brought up #Mining on the Iron Range. Mining was a huge part of our lives growing up— Fed our families. #supportMining.”
A tweet Lynn McHale sent out earlier in the day began attracting attention when Twitter users realized her husband had likely attended the rally. Lynn McHale replied to an Associated Press tweet about children being separated from their parents at the border, “Wondering if separating ‘tender age’ children from their parents for 8-10 hours per day in daycare for 5 years has any lasting affects? Those kids cry, too.”
Lynn McHale deleted her Twitter account after receiving angry replies to the tweet, but it was back live again Thursday morning.
President Trump’s administration has been under fire because of his administration’s immigration policies, which have included the separation of children from their parents who cross the border.
Lynn McHale’s Twitter account shows she has been a longtime supporter of Trump, after initially supporting Senator Ted Cruz during the Republican primary. She has tweeted about “deep state” conspiracy theories and theories about the death of DNC staffer Seth Rich. Lynn McHale has also tweeted several anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim tweets over the past years, along with attacks on Hillary Clinton, President Obama and liberals.
“We hold the Pres.,House,& Senate. Now the work begins— Hold your leaders accountable. Demand they give u back the freedom Obama took away,” she wrote after Trump was elected.
Kevin McHale is among the Celtics’ leaders in games played, points scored and rebounding making him one of the all-time greats and having his number 32 jersey retired. McHale was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1999. He is a three-time NBA champion with the Celtics and was chose to the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History team.
Seeing him at this rally has dealt a death blow to many fans who have found it impossible to support President Trump.
McHale was in charge of the Timberwolves and helped orchestrate the deal that shipped Kevin Garnett to the Boston Celtics, which helped created the Big 3 in Boston and win the Celtics another championship.
It remains to be seen if McHale’s appearance at the Trump rally will have any impact on his current TV gigs or if it will affect his potential coaching career, if does indeed decide to resume that. He last coached in 2015, when he was fired by the Rockets.
Some work was already done on McHale’s Wikipedia page, which states he works as an analyst when he is not attending Donald Trump rallies. Wikipedia edits don’t tend to stay up for very long so this one might end up being short lived.
With many coaches and players speaking out against Trump, the appearance of McHale at the rally generated considerable backlash on social media. Both LeBron James and Stephen Curry said they would not visit the White House is their respective teams won the NBA title. The Warriors, who swept the Cavs in this year’s finals and have beaten them in the finals in three of the past four years, did not visit the White House after their 2017 title, their first with Trump in office.
San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich and former Detroit Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy have both been outspoken in how they feel about the current president. Here’s what Popovich said about Donald Trump when he was elected.
“I’ve spoken on this before and I probably will again. Right now I’m just trying to formulate thoughts. It’s still early and I’m still sick to my stomach. Not basically because the Republicans won or anything, but the disgusting tenor and tone and all the comments that have been xenophobic, homophobic, racist, misogynistic, and I live in that country where half the country ignored all that to elect someone. That’s the scariest part of the whole thing to me. …
“I’m a rich white guy, and I’m sick to my stomach thinking about it. I can’t imagine being a Muslim right now, or a woman, or an African-American, a Hispanic, a handicapped person, how disenfranchised they might feel. And for anyone in those groups that voted for him, it’s just beyond my comprehension how they ignore all that.
“And so, my final conclusion is — my big fear is — we are Rome.”