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Lakers’ Andrew Bogut Says People Need To Focus on Bigger Issues Than ‘Stupid Political Sh*t’
The newest member of the Los Angeles Lakers, Andrew Bogut, wants the people in America to stop arguing over politics and turn their attention to stuff that actually matters:
“There’s people dying in countries, there’s people who don’t have water, and we are bickering about political sides?,” Bogut said to ESPN’s Ohm Youngmisuk. “OK, there are some issues with what is going on right now with the presidency. There is no doubt about it. But obviously, you look at what has happened in Puerto Rico, there are earthquakes all over the world, there are bigger issues that we need to take care of as people of the world rather than focus on this stupid political sh–.”
A number of athletes in the NFL and the NBA have been openly critical of President Donald Trump, including Bogut’s former teammate, Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry.
Teams in the NBA aren’t allowed to kneel during the Anthem, but they are allowed to link arms during it, which the Lakers will be doing for the duration of the 2017-2018 season.
“We (athletes) have a platform,” Bogut added. “I speak out about (issues) all the time. I get into some trouble for it, so be it. I am going to stick to my principles.”
The former No. 1 overall pick then shifted his focus to the tragic events that unfolded in Las Vegas last Sunday. He blasted both political parties for using that tragedy as a weapon to further their own agenda.
“Let’s respect the people that just passed away and respect their families. There is a time and place for the political stuff,” he said.
“It is the climate that we are in, everything is so political right now. It is just a joke. Like people losing family members because one voted for this party. It is just mind-boggling to me. I have never seen the world (like this). I grew up in the ’80s, I have never seen this climate. Not just in America, everywhere. You either agree with my opinion or you are wrong. Or I hate you or I want you dead. It is like, really? Both political sides are full of idiots. Both political sides are full of some good policy. I really get frustrated with it.”