Andrew Bogut was being succinct when he weighed in of cricket’s Longstaff report, which was not succinct.
“I don’t want to throw stones at other sports, but any time a sport has an integrity unit, I think it’s a farce,” Bogut said.
After 12 seasons in the NBA, Bogut should know a thing or two about integrity, at least when it came time to hand out fouls during the course of an NBA game. Bogut was routine mugged, kicked while he was down and left for dead, with nary a whistle to be found in the entire arena, while Stephen Curry and LeBron James almost seem to have contractual minimums surrounding the number of foul shots they are handed.
Bogut continued, “How can your own league have an integrity unit? Same as the AFL. You have an integrity unit that’s investigating your own. There might be a little bit of an imbalance there, I think.”
Bogut took aim at the administrators, mentioning that if the players’ integrity can be brought into question, so should the integrity of the investigators.
People will listen to Bogut, as he is a popular figure and he is doing all right in his first NBL season for the Sydney Kings, posting stats similar to what he was doing in the NBA.
As a player himself, Bogut has taken the side of the players, although this is a large chorus of voices that expressed the view that the rapid and severe response by Cricket Australia in the wake of the South Africa ball-tampering scandal sent a clear and unambiguous message to the players that shenanigans would not be tolerated.
We are hoping that Steve Smith, Cameron Bancroft and David Warner come back stronger than ever and there is something to be said of a year, in the case of Smith and Warner, to reboot.
They can look at New England quarterback Tom Brady, who used a four-game ban to have a nice spell and sitting out the first four games of the 2016 – 2017 NFL season. He returned in week five and almost led his team to the top prize.