Andrew Bogut on the NBA's Social Justice Hypocrisy
Former NBA champion Andrew Bogut has criticized the NBA's double standards when it comes to social justice activism.
In a recent episode of the Future Squared podcast, Bogut told host Steve Glaveski that he thought Boston Celtics center, Enes Kanter, would be out of the league in a year or two.
This is in light of Kanter's vocal criticisms of China's Communist Party. The Swiss-born center has mad a point of expressing his support of Hong Kong, Tibetan, and the Uighur people through social media posts and messages on his basketball shoes. In light of this, China has virtually deleted the 17-time NBA champion Boston Celtics from existence inside its borders.
China generates about 10%, or US$800M of the NBA's US$8B in annual revenue.
"The NBA says we want our athletes speaking about political issues, but this is not one that we want them speaking about. You can't have it both ways.", said Bogut.
"It's the elephant in the room in the NBA. So many players who like to hashtag 'equality' and all this sort of stuff are blatantly silent about what's going on in China because of shoe deals and marketing deals and off-season camps in China, where they make a sh*tload of money, and there's a bit of hypocricy in that."
Bogut also shared his sentiments on Lebron James' failure to come to the defence of Daryl Morey back in 2019, when Morey - the Houston Rockets GM - tweeted in support of Hong Kong, only to face backlash from not only China, but much of the NBA.
You can watch and listen to the entire conversation below or find Future Squared wherever you listen to podcasts.