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Outspoken Mavs center Andrew Bogut likes to talk about U.S. politics

New Dallas Mavericks center Andrew Bogut from Australia has a strong opinion on the U.S. presidential race.
New Dallas Mavericks center Andrew Bogut from Australia has a strong opinion on the U.S. presidential race. rmallison@star-telegram.com

Dallas Mavericks center Andrew Bogut is not fond of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump or Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

“They’re both (expletive), both of your candidates,’’ Bogut said after Monday’s practice at American Airlines Center. “I mean, look, there are some things they both have that are OK, there are some things they both have that are horrible.

“But the way I see it is obviously Trump said a lot of bad things, and he might be termed as a chauvinistic pig and so on and so forth. But I think the other candidate has done bad things.’’

Bogut believes Clinton is “the front-runner’’ to win the presidency and help the Democrats retain the White House.

“Trump is obviously anti-politically correct and said some absolutely naughty things, but I think Hillary is involved in some shady stuff.

“Getting funding from countries that have charity law -- I think that’s a bigger issue than what an old dirty man said 10 years ago. But I don’t have a horse in the race -- I don’t really care.’’

Bogut added: “You always want people to vote, but they’re both (expletive). You guys are in some trouble, to put it quite frankly.’’

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Bogut has actively tweeted his opinions about the two presidential debates, and said the responses have been rather interesting.

“It’s funny because I’ll tweet something funny about Trump, and then all the Trump people will start killing me,’’ Bogut said. “And then I’ll tweet something controversial about Clinton, and then all the Clinton people will start killing me.

“I don’t side to one people. Like I said, they’re both politicians, they’re both full of (stuff), and they both don’t really give two (expletive) about the common man.’’

Bogut, who is from Australia, won’t get to vote in the Nov. 8 presidential election, because: “I’m not a citizen, so I can’t vote,’’ he said. “I wouldn’t know who to vote for -- I’d probably flip a coin or something. It’s just so bad.

“I think Clinton will win. Obviously the media, Hollywood, athletes, they’re all Clinton. And it seems like all regular Joe’s and your blue collar workers are Trump, so it’s going to be pretty interesting to see what happens.’’

An 11-year video surfaced last Friday with Trump saying rather vile things about women, and later saying it was just “locker room talk.’’ Do players really talk like that in the locker room?

“If we’re being honest, I wouldn’t say to that level, but guys talk about pretty girls every now and then in the locker room,’’ Bogut said. “Look, what he said was terrible, but think about the worst thing you’ve said in your life.

“If there was a microphone there, you probably said some pretty bad things whether you're 12 years old, 15 years old, 21 years old. I think everyone, you’re absolutely lying to yourself if you haven’t said something that is deemed chauvinistic, or even these days just saying a woman has a nice behind or whatever, that’s not politically correct. But once you start getting involved with the racist stuff and all that, that’s a whole different level. That’s obviously, there’s no time for that. None of those tapes have come out yet.’’

Bogut was quick to say he absolutely does not condone what Trump said about women.

“I’m not defending what he said by any means, but I think we have to look at ourselves too,’’ Bogut said. “I think you’re lying if you’ve never said anything controversial about anything.

“There’s no way in hell everyone’s like wrapped in a bubble. They all lie.’’

Bogut doesn’t understand why both candidates can’t just stick to the issues that the American people really care about.

“We all make mistakes and you’ve got to move on and you’ve got to know you made the mistake and become a better person for it,’’ Bogut said. “(Trump) says he’s doing that.

“Let’s hope that it lasts more than a couple of days.’’

While he’s having fun with the presidential debates, Bogut offered a reality check for those who side with either Trump or Clinton.

“At the end of the day, whoever gets voted in, tomorrow you’re going to have to come here with these microphones the next day and go to work,’’ he said. “Nothing is going to have to change.

“You still have to pick your kids up, you’re going to have to change diapers, you still have to get kids your kids from school, you’re going to have to mow your lawn. Not much is going to change, I guarantee you that.’’

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