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After the Team USA Olympic basketball roster was announced and Nneka Ogwunmike was left off of, people naturally took to Twitter to express their thoughts.
Sister Chiney expressed her disbelief in a lengthy Twitter post, calling on the selection committee and others to “give her HER respect.”
But perhaps none went in more than Devereaux Peters. The WNBA Champion took to Twitter, calling out USA Basketball for being “fraudulent as hell for eternity” because of how they treat players throughout the process.
Okay so let's talk about bum ass USA Basketball....I'm going to preface this by saying I am happy for the players that made it and I have no issues with them whatsoever. They work their butts off for that opportunity and each of them deserves their moment.....— Devereaux *casual fan* Peters (@MsPeters14) June 21, 2021
“It’s politics,” she wrote. “It rarely has to do with basketball as much as they try and ‘say’.”
She also called attention to the 2012 team, when six UConn players were named to the roster and had separate team activities. Peters also points to the fact that at that Olympics head coach Geno Auriemma had Candace Parker playing “the bootiest of booty minutes.”
Let's go back to 2012. Y'all got SIX UConn players on that team and a coach who happens to be from where? Oh. Even some of my friends that played at UConn were confused af by that roster. But it's not politics right????— Devereaux *casual fan* Peters (@MsPeters14) June 21, 2021
Then on top of that Candace Parker is playing bum minutes. I'm talking the bootiest of the booty minutes. And I don't even bang with her like that!! We have had beef for most of our careers. But let's be real. Candace. Parker. Not playing. That coach. Not politics though right? pic.twitter.com/RgUsMpXW9m— Devereaux *casual fan* Peters (@MsPeters14) June 21, 2021
Peters then moved on to the Ogwumike snub, shooting down the arguments USA Basketball has made to defend their roster selections.
Next up would mean the post player that's been busting ass in the best league in the world the last 4 years. Rookie of the year, 3x all-star, 1x All defensive team right?!?! WRONG. We're gonna take the rookie who's feet barely wet in the league.....— Devereaux *casual fan* Peters (@MsPeters14) June 21, 2021
Now it's "people expected her to be on the team cuz of what she did in college, she was so big there's no way we could've kept her off." pic.twitter.com/U8UkdWnsPl— Devereaux *casual fan* Peters (@MsPeters14) June 21, 2021
F the fact that Nneka been busting ass all this time IN THE WNBA. F the fact that it was just a continuation of what she did in college. It's not politics though right??— Devereaux *casual fan* Peters (@MsPeters14) June 21, 2021
Okay cool so nowwww it's not the stats, it's not the next up, it's been a long time coming to 2021. And ya girl has won a championship, has won a MVP, has quite literally changed the face of the league as president of the WNBPA....THE TIME GOTTA BE NOW!!!! pic.twitter.com/hUERDlNCzy— Devereaux *casual fan* Peters (@MsPeters14) June 21, 2021
Then it's oh we weren't clear on her status. Like Court not one of the best trainers in the league. And wouldn't be SURE that Nneka was ready or clear about her status TO THE GOT DAMN OLYMPIC COMMITTEE. If they weren't clear and wanted her on the team Wouldn't. They. Just. Ask? pic.twitter.com/31Ow2LvX1r— Devereaux *casual fan* Peters (@MsPeters14) June 21, 2021
“Nneka has been preparing for this for years,” Peters continued. “She is ready. BEEN READY and Y’ALL STEADY PLAYING WITH HER.”
She then calls out the coaching and front office staff on the selection committee, questioning how it’s possible that Ogwumike has not been picked up for the Olympics for the third time in a row.
“It ain’t got s— to do with basketball,” she wrote. “It ain’t got s— to do with waiting you turn, it don’t got s— to do with what’s the right move cuz the reality is 9 times out of 10 whoever you put on that team winning gold.”
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