Former NBA Player Gets Heated Over Transgender Player Joining Women’s League


An Australian basketball association could approve the application of a transgender player in one of it’s top women’s leagues, and former Golden State Warriors big man Andrew Bogut has voiced his strong opposition to it.

Basketball Victoria confirmed on Monday that the athlete has applied to join the Kilysth Cobras in the NBL1 South women’s competition and announced it would institute a new assessment system for transgender and gender diverse players wanting to participate.

“Basketball has long prided itself as ‘everyone’s game’ and this remains the case, particularly at the community level,” Basketball Victoria’s diversity manager, Sheena Atkin, said. “We recognise there is still much to learn in this space, the new guidelines confirm the inclusion and safety of the LGBITQA+ community into all levels of basketball being an imperative.”

Bogut, meanwhile, responded to the news with fierce opposition.

He has since posted a video to Instagram with further comments.


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Chloe Bibby, who plays in the NBL1, responded to the uproar and had a positive message for the incoming player.


Basketball Victoria is currently still navigating the situation, while Basketball Australia has released a statement condemning the “negative commentary and hurtful language used across social media”.


More to come.