Outspoken Aussie basketball legend Andrew Bogut has been labelled ‘transphobic’ for the second time in a fortnight after claiming a ‘biological male’ would be playing in the NBL1 South women’s league this season.
The 38-year-old father of two boys posted a call for action of sorts on Monday morning, writing of his disgust that the semi-professional women’s league, which incorporates teams from Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania, will reportedly allow a ‘biological male’ to play.
‘Word is NBL1 South Women will have a biological Male playing this upcoming season. Are you ok with sacrificing the sanctity of Female Sport in the name of ‘inclusion’?,’ he wrote.
‘#GirlDads where are you? The hashtag is trendy until action is needed.’
It quickly ignited a storm of controversy, with some labelling him ‘transphobic’ and misogynistic, while others shared his outrage.
Andrew Bogut, pictured with his son Luca in 2019, has ignited a storm of controversy and been labelled ‘transphobic’ for suggesting there is a ‘biological man’ going to play in the NBL1 South women’s league this season
Bogut has slammed the league for reportedly allowing a ‘biological male’ to play in the competition this year (pictured: last season’s NBL1 South women’s champions, Ringwood)
‘Why do you think you and girl dads should be the ones in charge of who is playing women’s sport? Patriarchy much?’ commented one.
AFLW and NBL1 star, author Saraid Taylor, was a little more scathing of Bogut, sarcastically thanking him for his ‘concern’, and labelling him ‘transphobic’ for his views.
‘Hey, thank you so much for your concern about the sanctity of women’s sport. It seems genuine,’ she said, in a brutal takedown on his social media post.
‘If you wouldn’t mind using your energy to highlight legitimate issues women athletes face, instead of perpetuating transphobia, that would be so appreciated!
The furious star athlete then slammed Bogut for revealing what club he believed the ‘biological male’ played for – which was followed by a stream of outrage directed towards the club.
‘This is so wildly irresponsible. It makes me sad reading the majority of comments you receive on your tweets,’ said Taylor.
‘Does it make you sad? Or do you enjoy the power you have to cultivate hatred in the world?’
Richmond Tigers AFLW star – and NBL1 South player – Saraid Taylor slammed Bogut’s comments and labelled him ‘transphobic’
Bogut clapped right back at her, telling Taylor that she was effectively ‘okay with women’s sport being taken over by men’ by being fine with playing against, or with, a transgender player.
‘It makes me sad you are ok with Women’s sport and Women’s spaces being taken over by Men. I don’t condone any abuse to the … player, nor do I blame the player. I blame the league/club admin and officials for allowing it,’ Bogut said.
Others criticised Bogut and his supporters of being ‘paternalistic and patrionising’ for only showing their interest or care in Women’s NBL1 South purely for outrage.
‘Many of the women in the comp already know, and the majority don’t give a s**t. Stop fear mongering and speaking for women,’ a gender studies professor wrote to the editor of basketball news outlet The Pick and Roll, Damien Arsenis.
Others had a differing view, and insisted it was ‘disgusting’ that a ‘biological male’ could play in a women’s league in the name of ‘inclusion’.
One of those was NBL legend Matt Shanahan, who now coaches since hanging up the boots after a 414-game career – the second-most in league history.
The three-time premiership winner said he has a daughter playing in the league, and doesn’t appear to believe it should be allowed.
‘I’m a girl dad who has a 16 year old daughter in an NBL 1 south squad who has been asked if she would be comfortable with this. Opening a massive can of worms if this is allowed,’ he said.
NBA and Aussie basketball legend Andrew Bogut said allowing a transgender player in female sport would violate it’s ‘sanctity’
‘Enough is enough. Is this inclusion? Tell you what how about they start the own league and let play fairly with their own inclusive people,’ one supporter wrote, with another saying ‘it’s just cheating and also robbing a biological female an opportunity’.
NRL star Josh Aloiai, who was one of the seven Manly players that refused to wear a rainbow jersey and has previously been open about renouncing a ‘homosexual lifestyle’, also shared his disgust on Bogut’s Instagram post with a series of angry face emojis.
It comes just two weeks after Bogut was heavily criticised over slamming Football Australia for having a ‘gender identity not sufficiently represented’ option on their registration forms.
Bogut explained he was attempting to sign his six-year-old kid up to play football and shared a picture of the choices available to select the gender.
‘Male’, ‘female’, ‘non-binary/gender fluid’ and ‘gender identity not sufficiently represented’ were all included in the dropdown menu.
‘Signing our 6 YEAR OLD!, Once again, 6 YEAR OLD! up for soccer. C’mon @FootballAus,’ the NBA champion tweeted.
It also quickly ignited a storm of controversy, with many suggesting Bogut was a ‘snowflake’ for being intimidated by an inclusive option on a form.
‘I know when I was signing up my kid for under 6s I simply picked the appropriate option and moved on with my life. Because I know that these options, while not applicable to me, are possibly applicable to someone who wants to play football and that this form is the same for everyone,’ a scathing fan wrote.
Ex-Sydney Kings star Andrew Bogut has ignited a storm of controversy on social media in recent times in relation to his views on transgender and gender diverse peoples
Basketball Australia’s guidelines state transgender players in elite competitions like the WNBL (pictured is the Melbourne Boomers side during their semi-final game on Saturday) are accepted or denied on a case-by-case basis
Transgender athletes playing in women’s sport has become a controversial topic over the last few years, and it reared its ugly head again last month.
A Christian school in America forfeited a playoff game in a state championship after discovering their opposition, the Long Trail Mountain Lions, had a transgender player.
‘We [Vermont Christian School] withdrew from the tournament because we believe playing against an opponent with a biological male jeopardizes the fairness of the game and the safety of our players,’ the head of the school told Fox News.
‘Allowing biological males to participate in women’s sports sets a bad precedent for the future of women’s sports in general.’
Basketball Australia’s Transgender Inclusion says transgender players in elite or sub-elite competitions will be ‘determined on a case-by-case basis’.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted NBL1 South for comment.