Andrew Bogut was a strong defensive presence for the Golden State Warriors during their early championship runs, but now he has a different path in life to try and stop something else that is bothering him.
The former Golden State Warriors center posted an 11-minute video to his Instagram page in which he blasted his country’s COVID-19 lockdowns and alleged that the Australian government is paying celebrities to tell people to stay home.
“Last year, about three or four months into this pandemic, I got a message from somebody — I’m not going to name who it was or where it came from — I got offered money to put out a public service announcement for you everyday plebs to stay home,” Bogut said. “It would read something like, ‘Hi I’m Andrew Bogut, former NBA washed-up athlete, former Olympian, whatever you want to call it, it’s your duty to stay home, do the right thing for the community.’
“I’ve got money in my bank account, I’m good, I’m fine. I can fill up my fridge with food, I’ve got cars, I can even somewhat get to different parts of the world if I really wanted to, but you, ‘Stay home, do the right thing for the community, we are all in this together.’ I refuse to do that s—. And I was offered money for it, I don’t need the money, you’re right, I was offered money for it. I refused to do that s—.”
Bogut went on to allege that celebrities who are promoting lockdowns are being paid and others who want to speak out are being “muzzled.” He did not provide any evidence of this.
“Why have we seen no celebrities, athletes—it’s barely one or two percent—that are speaking up against this government in Australia… You athletes and influencers that have all these sponsors and marketers behind you pushing promos to the plebs … Where’s your voice? Why aren’t you speaking up?”
As for how his country should be handling the pandemic, the center stated, “So we should let it rip? No we shouldn’t let it rip, but we also shouldn’t be locking down the way we are, I think there’s a middle ground.”