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Candace Parker blames ‘politics’ for Nneka Ogwumike’s Olympics omission


Candace Parker offered her candid thoughts on USA Basketball following the Chicago Sky’s 92-72 win over the New York Liberty on Tuesday night.

When asked about Nneka Ogwumike being snubbed from Team USA’s Olympics roster, the star forward — who was infamously left off the 2016 team — did not hold back.

“I know there’s a lot of deserving women, but how many times are we going to say something is unfair, right?” Parker said on a media call. “How many times are we going to say that it’s not politics? Like I think we all know that.”

“I hit Nneka. I was like, listen it sucks, it’s unfair, all that blah, blah, blah,” she continued. “You’re one of the greatest. You’re the only MVP not to make an Olympic team, which is bulls***.”

The 12-player team was announced Monday and featured many multi-time Olympians, including Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi who will be playing in their fifth Games.

Ogwumike’s omission took many by surprise, especially considering she is expected to return from injury in early July. The 2016 WNBA MVP has been a member of the national team since 2014 and was their second-leading scorer in 2019-20.