Bogut slam dunks pollies
Basketball superstar reveals he could take a shot at Canberra
BASKETBALL superstar Andrew Bogut has revealed he could take a shot at politics on the rebound from the sport that made him an international heavyweight.
But first, the former NBA star — who has just returned to Australia — has to see out his career with the Sydney Kings and welcome his first child into the world.
And then there’s the question of whether his straightshooting style would prosper on the Australian political scene. “Never say never (but) I don’t think I’d last very long, to be honest. People think that I am one way or the other (politically),” said Bogut, 33, who is no stranger to controversy on and off the court.
He told The Daily Telegraph he had made mistakes in the past but “it comes down to being myself”.
“If I ask your opinion on something, I’d rather know where you stand rather than you telling me something you think I would want to hear,” he said. “I would rather always hear the hard truth and sometimes it is good and sometimes it is bad.”
But Bogut is keen to see accountability brought back to politics and believes the scoreboard doesn’t lie.
“I think a lot of our politicians, whatever side that they are on, they have a lot to answer for,” he said.
“Our system here is a little flawed, that people can stay in power when they promise something and they don’t deliver it, they should be held accountable just like any other job. If they can’t be held accountable, what is the point in voting for them?” Sports stars have a chequered history in transitioning to politics — former league great Mal Meninga succumbed to the three-second rule when he quit at the start of the radio interview in which he was due to announce his candidacy. His Canberra Raiders teammate Glenn Lazarus made it to the Senate but lasted only a term as the Palmer United Party imploded.
Bogut is one of Australia’s greatest sports exports after spending a decade at the pinnacle of the NBA, winning a championship with the Golden State Warriors. His popularity was on show yesterday when fans lined up for hours for his appearance at General Pants’ Parramatta store. But he is known as much for his controversial Twitter commentary as his sporting ability.
He has an ongoing feud with female basketballer Liz Cambage, which started when they clashed over the Black Lives Matter issue.
He also found himself in hot water after wading into the America’s debunked pizzagate conspiracy theory during the 2016 Presidential election. Bogut said he had no hard feelings towards Cambage. “The Liz Cambage thing was a big feud according to the media. “To me it was sitting on my phone laughing my arse off while I was sending out tweets. “The whole thing was overblown,” he added.