Andrew Bogut claims Liz Cambage’s ‘seven-word slur’ that kicked off brawl with Nigerian team is just the ‘PG version’ of what she allegedly said – as star breaks her silence on the controversy
- Bogut says full version of what Cambage allegedly said is ‘beyond despicable’
- Former Opals star is claimed to have used disgraceful slur vs Nigerian team
- Incident saw her ditch the Opals just weeks before start of Tokyo Olympics
Aussie former NBA star Andrew Bogut has claimed former Opals captain Jenna O’Hea only revealed a very sanitised version of Liz Cambage’s alleged slur against the Nigerian basketball team when she said the controversial star told them to ‘go back to your third world country’.
O’Hea confirmed those were the words Cambage uttered when she was asked about the infamous brawl between the two national teams on ABC TV’s Offsiders program on Sunday.
Australia was playing a closed warm-up game against Nigeria just weeks ahead of the Tokyo Olympics in July 2021 and the incident led to Cambage pulling out of the Opals because of ‘mental health’ concerns.
But according to Bogut, O’Hea didn’t reveal the whole truth about the insult.
Cambage (pictured playing for the Opals in 2018) is claimed to have told Nigerian players ‘go back to your third world country’
But Aussie ex-NBA star Andrew Bogut says that’s just the PG-rated version of what Cambage allegedly said, and the uncensored slur is ‘beyond despicable’
‘You’ve just got the PG version. There was much more than than,’ he radio station 2GB.
‘It’s beyond despicable what was said and I truly believe if that was anyone else, we’d hear much more about it.
‘There’s much more in there that you can’t say on radio … there were some other words used that I would never repeat, that I would never say, to be honest with you.’
On Monday Cambage broke her silence on the controversy by posting a cryptic tweet that read, ‘The truth will always come to light, and it ain’t even dawn yet.’
Cambage’s alleged slur was made even worse due to the fact one of her Opals teammates at the time, Ezi Magbegor, has Nigerian parents.
‘Is it correct you were playing Nigeria and Liz Cambage had her feathers ruffled and she turned to them and said: “Go back to your third world country”?’ Offsiders host Kelli Underwood asked O’Hea.
‘Ezi Magbegor is originally Nigerian, a Nigerian who’s now living in Australia and playing for your team, and as a result there was a brawl that erupted, and since then you haven’t spoken to her?’
O’Hea maintained eye contact as she nodded her head to confirm the comment.
‘That is all 100 per cent correct,’ she said.
On Monday, Cambage broke her silence on the controversy by posting a cryptic tweet stating that the ‘truth will always come to light’
Cambage’s Opals teammate at the time she allegedly used the slur, Ezi Magbegor (pictured), has Nigerian parents
O’Hea was then asked if Cambage would ever play for Australia again and gave a blunt response.
‘No,’ she said.
Cambage defended abandoning the Australian national basketball team weeks before the Olympics, claiming she didn’t feel supported by teammates.
The basketball superstar said she is now ‘living her best life’ playing for the Los Angeles Sparks in the WNBA.
‘I’m supported, I’m protected on a level the Opals or the Australian team never gave to me,’ she said.
‘I’m protected on a level the Opals or the Australian team never gave to me,’ Cambage said of her switch to playing for the Los Angeles Sparks in the WNBA
‘My heart lies with those who want to protect me and those who want me to be the best I can be. I never felt that in the Opals at all.’
O’Hea dismissed the comment saying that Cambage was always looked after by her teammates.
‘I can hold my head up high and say that I always loved her, always cared for her, always supported her, always had her back,’ she said.
‘I think that is her reality. I think the listeners and watchers out there can believe who they want to believe.’