Andrew Bogut has taken another swipe at Liz Cambage as more shocking details emerged about the clash that ended her Opals career.
Aussie basketball legend Andrew Bogut has taken aim at Liz Cambage after shocking details of her pre-Olympics outburst were revealed.
The Sunday Telegraph exclusively reported Cambage called Nigerian players “monkeys” and elbowed a rival in the head during a scrimmage leading up to the Tokyo Games, before she pulled out of the Opals’ campaign citing mental health reasons.
Australian players were rocked by the saga and the team struggled in Japan, crashing out in the quarter-finals.
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In May last year, Cambage threatened to boycott the Olympics after taking issue with a promotional photo shoot she said did not represent the diverse backgrounds of Australia’s athletes.
She eventually agreed to take part, but withdrew following the incident with the Nigerian team.
After former Opals captain Jenna O’Hea confirmed earlier this month Cambage told Nigerian players to “go back to your third world country”, the 30-year-old posted a cryptic tweet which read: “The truth will always come to light, and it ain’t even dawn yet.”
Taking to Twitter on Sunday, Bogut — who has butted heads with Cambage in the past — re-posted that quote along with a screenshot of the Sunday Telegraph article.
Responding to comments on Cambage’s situation by other social media users, Bogut said he wanted to “point out the hypocrisy of someone who ‘stands against racism’”.
“Big difference when you publicly advocate for something and say it’s a huge problem in the world, then do that very thing,” he said.
Asked if he felt “vindicated”, Bogut replied: “Didn’t need to be. I knew the truth and trust the people who told me from the start.”
Bogut said earlier this month after O’Hea’s revelation that what Cambage said was more “disgusting” than what was originally reported.
“You’ve just got the PG version, there was much more than that — I’m just glad someone’s come out and said it,” Bogut told 2GB radio at the time. “It was beyond despicable.
“There’s much more in there that you can’t say on radio … there’s some other words that you can never repeat, that I’d never even say, to be honest with you.”
Nigerian players who spoke to the Sunday Telegraph on the condition their identities would not be revealed have claimed they heard Cambage say “go back to your third world country” and called them “monkeys”.
“That’s what I recall, the term monkeys, yes. And go back to where you came from,” one Nigerian player said. “She definitely did use monkeys or monkey.”
Another player added: “I was on the court. She definitely said go back to your third world country. I didn’t hear it, but (teammates) confirmed she called us monkeys.”
Cambage apologised to the Nigerian team a day after the fiery clash, but it was not well received by all, with one player saying: “I don’t think it was a sincere apology.”
Read the full Sunday Telegraph investigation here