Racist female basketballer Liz Cambage must be sacked from the Australian Olympic basketball team after a racist outburst on her own social media. The 6foot 8inch and slightly chubby aboriginal woman recorded herself making a racial slur toward the coach of an opposition WNBA team.
Cambage has been playing in America’s WNBA competition for 10 years and currently plays for the Las Vegas Aces. During her most recent match the opposing coach – Curt Miller – made a nasty remark about her portly physique from the sidelines. His exact words were, “C’mon she’s 300 pounds.” Miller is alleged to have made the comments in appeal to the referee. Unfortunately Cambage was unable to use the comments as motivation and her team went down by 7 points.
After the match and almost in tears Cambage took to her social media and made a disgusting racial slur against the Connecticut coach. Cambage said, “Something went down in today’s game and I need to speak on it, because if there’s one thing about me is that I will never let a man disrespect me. EVER. Ever. Ever. Ever. Especially a little white one.“
No doubt the former Dandenong & Bulleen player (in Australia) has learned much of her racism from her American teammates. In fact the Las Vegas Aces have only one white player in their entire squad (Kelsey Plum). But diversity is not that important in professional sports like basketball and NFL.
Unsurprisingly it is the coach who has had to face disciplinary action from the struggling WNBA. In a world gone mad, where hypocrisy just never gets called out, racist Liz Cambage faces no penalties not even a question as to what she meant by her comment, “. . . . Especially a little white one.” Instead Miller the Connecticut coach has been fined $10,000 and suspended for a match. Like a dandy Miller made an embarrassing apology saying, “I regret what I said in the heat of the moment and want to sincerely apologise to Liz and the entire Aces organisation. I understand the gravity of my words and have learned from this.”
But Cambage should not be competing for Australia at the Tokyo Olympics as her racist comments are not in line with Australia’s egalitarian culture and values. Her statement makes clear her exclusive distaste for white men. Cambage says, “. . . If there’s one thing about me (it) is that I will never let a man disrespect me. Ever. Especially a little white one.”
Cambage seems to believe that it’s worse if a white man disrespects her. C’mon Liz. Disrespect is disrespect. It does not have a colour.
This episode is not the first where Liz Cambage has weighed (no pun intended) in on the race issue and inadvertently opened up a window into her racist thinking. Using her keyboard and an image of Australia’s Paralympic representative, Cambage slagged off the Australian Olympic Team management because according to her, the team photo and publicity shoot was a whitewash. She wrote, “If I’ve said it once I’ve said it a million times. HOW AM I MEANT TO REPRESENT A COUNTRY THAT DOESN’T EVEN REPRESENT ME #whitewashedaustralia.” She also added using an image of Sydney 2000 Gold Medal winner Cathy Freeman, “Also just to remind you Australia’s GREATEST sporting moment was thanks too (sic) BLACK INDIGENOUS WOMAN.” Originally Cambage stated she would be sitting out the olympics due to the so-called white washed team photos, but she backtracked from that.
In conclusion I ask that Liz Cambage is removed from the Australian Opals Olympic basketball team for her racism. She needs time to reflect on a few things, and its best she does that in isolation. Some advice for big Lizzy, firstly, stop looking at the world through race coloured glasses. Secondly, apologise and admit you were wrong and you have embarrassed yourself and Australia with your comments about the Australian Olympic team photos. Thirdly, learn to use comments like those uttered by the Connecticut coach as motivation.