Andrew Bogut will make nearly $13 million next season, and is signed through 2016-2017, but if it were up to him, nobody would know that information.
In a revealing interview with Australian media outlet The Courier-Mail, Bogut voiced his displeasure of American athletes having their salaries made public.
“You play on a team and you have got two blokes who are free agents at the end of the year and they are trying to get their numbers up,” he said. “They want to get paid the next year and, on top of that, you are trying to win games and keep team camaraderie.”
There are also other issues besides team chemistry.
“The big paper in the States, The USA Today, actually has a lift-out every three or four months which has every professional athlete’s salary in every sport in America,” said Bogut. “You have a bunch of women cutting that out and following guys around at night clubs. It just creates a plethora of problems.”
It was a wide-ranging interview, and Bogut also spoke out against the NCAA’s rules prohibiting athletes from receiving compensation, and how he had to suffer while playing college ball at Utah.
“I went to America with one suitcase and that was about it,” Bogut said. “My family were not wealthy by any means. My father was a laborer.
“I ended up getting a job in a sports bar for about six weeks on weekends and I built up a little fund of money. When we did not have a team meal I would be at Wendys or Subway getting the dollar items. I would spend three or four bucks on a few cheese burgers and chips. That was my meal. That was the reality of it.”
For what it’s worth, the NCAA recently expanded meal allowances for athletes.
Finally, Bogut touched on the Donald Sterling controversial. It was reported that before Game 5 of the first round against the Clippers, the two teams had planned to boycott the game if the NBA did not come down hard on Sterling for racial remarks he made that were leaked.
“Our players and their players got together and the plan was if the punishment was not sufficient, when the referee threw the ball up nobody would jump, the ball would hit the ground and both sides would head to the locker room and not play,” said Bogut. “It would have been very interesting.”
Bogut is certainly very candid and honest when it comes to the media, and this interview shows that. He is down in Australia at the moment, and might be meeting with his new head coach as we speak; Steve Kerr is flying to Australia to meet with him and to also possibly recruit Luc Longley to join the coaching staff.