Channel 7 rip former NBA star Andrew Bogut off the commentary team for Australia’s bronze medal match – only to reinstate him hours later after backlash from viewers
- Andrew Bogut sensationally pulled from commentary for bronze medal game
- Former NBA star revealed Channel 7 hadn’t signed him for Australia’s final match
- Hours later he confirmed on Twitter he had come to an agreement and was back
- Boomers play Slovenia at 9pm in the bronze medal match in men’s basketball
Former NBA star Andrew Bogut was sensationally taken off the commentary team for Channel 7’s broadcast of Australia’s bronze medal match in the men’s basketball – only for him to be reinstated hours later.
The ex-Golden State Warriors center tweeted he was thankful to the network for the opportunity to cover the games on Saturday morning, shocking viewers who had enjoyed Bogut’s insight.
‘I’ve really enjoyed commentary with Seven but I will not be working the final Boomers game due to my contract with Channel 7 being for 5 games,’ he said.
‘Thanks to Seven for the opportunity and thanks to John Casey and Andrew Gaze. ‘It has been an absolute pleasure working with the gurus. #GOBOOMERS.’
Not long later, the former Boomer revealed he had agreed a new contract with Channel 7 and would be onboard for the game.
‘Great news, Channel 7 and I have extended our agreement! I’ll be calling tonight’s Bronze medal game alongside John Casey and Andrew Gaze,’ he revealed on Saturday afternoon.
The ex-Golden State Warriors center tweeted he would not be calling the bronze medal match between Australia and Slovenia on Saturday morning
The ex-Golden State Warriors center tweeted he was thankful to the network for the opportunity to cover the games, shocking viewers who had enjoyed Bogut’s insight
It’s believed the network buckled to backlast from the public, who labelled them ‘amateur’ for dumping the former NBA Draft first overall pick.
‘ The people have spoken! Thank you. GO BOOMERS!!!’ Bogut said.
The change of heart came after an influx of messages directed at 7 for allowing the NBA champion to walk before the bronze medal match.
‘Amateur stuff from Seven,’ one user wrote.
‘Of how little faith they had in Boomers playing for a medal. That’s a real shame. We miss your impact on court but it’s been great to have you on the commentary ‘box’ with Gazey. I’ll listen to your thoughts of the game in your next pod,’ another person tweeted.
Fans demanded the network ‘extend this man’s contract’, with even Dave Hughes getting in on the criticism of Channel 7.
‘What? Can’t we pro rata this mate? Who stuffed up the numbers on how many games gets you through the medal rounds?’ he said.
Not long later, the former Boomer revealed he had agreed a new contract with Channel 7 and would be onboard for the game
It’s believed the network buckled to backlast from the public, who labelled them ‘amateur’ for dumping the former NBA Draft first overall pick
Channel 7 would eventually right the wrong and agree a deal to bring Bogut back for the final game of the Olympics, confirming the deal in a statement.
‘The Seven Network is pleased to announce Andrew Bogut will be part of its commentary team for tonight’s bronze medal match between the Boomers and Slovenia,’ the network said.
‘Bogut has been a revelation as part of Seven’s basketball commentary team at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 alongside John Casey and Andrew Gaze, and Seven has extended its agreement with him to include tonight’s crucial Boomers game, which starts at 9.00pm AEST on Seven and 7plus’