You can now add “liar” to “hypocrite” as character traits officially possessed by Milwaukee Bucks center Andrew Bogut. Remember last year when Bogut decried the “materialism” of NBA players? Yeah, about that…
The New York Times yesterday spotted Bogut driving his Ferrari.
Just to refresh your memory, here’s what Bogut told a newspaper from his native Australia, the Sydney Morning Herald:
“The public’s image of NBA players is true. A lot of them get caught up in the hype and do video clips with rappers and all that crap. They want bling bling all over themselves and drive fast cars. But that’s just the way the culture is in America – if you’ve got it flaunt it and if you don’t, you can’t.”
Several NBA players took offense to those comments. Washington Wizards center/poet Etan Thomas even wrote a rebuttal piece. Bogut’s comments might even appear to be a bit racist except for the fact that he criticized ALL Americans. His social commentary may have carried a little more weight, except for the Ferrari.
Following a barrage of “hypocrite” accusations in the media, Bogut denied that he owns a Ferrari on his Twitter account. He’s lying. At the start of training camp, the Milwaukee paper did a feature on the various cars that Bucks players drive. Bogut’s Ferrari was prominently mentioned.