Andrew Bogut reveals Opals star’s slur to Nigeria player

Aussie basketball legend Andrew Bogut says the slur Liz Cambage said to a Nigerian opponent was actually much worse than what had been claimed

Former Opals captain Jenna O’Hea brought the scandal back into headlines on Sunday when she declared Cambage will never play for the Opals again.

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Campage remains the biggest star in Australian women’s basketball and at the age of 30 still has the opportunity to play at the 2024 Olympics in Paris.

However, O’Hea says the door has been slammed shut on the WNBA All-Star.

O’Hea’s strong comments on ABC Offsiders also publicly confirmed rumours about what Cambage said during the lead-up to the Tokyo Olympics that saw her ostracised by her teammates following a practice game against Nigeria.

Cambage missed Australia’s 2021 Olympic campaign in Tokyo, pulling out of the squad citing mental health reasons following alleged incidents during a training camp — including a blow-up with Nigeria during practice and allegations of breaking the team’s bio-secure bubble in Las Vegas.

An investigation by Basketball Australia saw Cambage issued with a formal reprimand and the Opals never recovered from her late withdrawal, as they bombed out of the Olympics in the quarter-finals.

When asked to name the comment Cambage made, O’Hea said on Sunday it was: “Go back to your third world country.”

Bogut has declared on Monday the truth is that Cambage’s comment was more “disgusting” than what O’Hea said.

“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.

“It was beyond despicable.

Elizabeth Cambage celebrates winning gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. AAP Image/Darren England.Source: AAP

“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.”

It is not the first time Bogut has suggested Cambage’s comment was inexcusable.

“They were words that you wouldn’t dare repeat. They were horrendous,” he said before the Tokyo Olympics.

“You just can’t excuse those kinds of behaviours, mental health or not.

“That doesn’t excuse you making the comments that I’ve heard, off the record, (which are) are absolutely … disgusting.

“It never gives you an excuse to just go out there and make those kinds of comments, in my opinion.”

The pair have repeatedly clashed on social media, including last year during another controversy involving Cambage when she called out an Australian team photo for a lack of diversity among the athletes featured.

Cambage said at the time Bogut was “obsessed” with her.

Last week Cmbage, who is playing her first season with the Los Angeles Sparks in the WNBA, hit out at the Opals, telling the ABC she “never” felt supported and protected while in the national team.

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