The war of words between Sydney Kings and Boomers star Andrew Bogut (pictured) and former NBL star Corey
The war of words between Sydney Kings and Boomers star Andrew Bogut (pictured) and former NBL star Corey "Homicide" Williams has heated up. Picture: Getty Images

Bogut’s spat with NBL commentator gets nasty

ANDREW Bogut's Twitter war with former NBL MVP now commentator Corey "Homicide" Williams has turned ugly.

On Wednesday, Williams doubled down on his allegation that the Sydney Kings superstar had hired a private investigator to dish up dirt on him, and declared he was not "scared" of continuing to criticise Bogut on social media.

The NBL has refused to enter the Bogut and Williams' Twitter tirade but said the colourful commentator would not be dropped from the commentary team for upcoming Sydney Kings games.

Bogut declined to comment when contacted by The Daily Telegraph.  

Williams insists the public row is just banter between two blokes expressing their opinions but stands by his allegation.

"I was not joking (about the investigator)," said Williams, who played with the Townsville Crocodiles and the Melbourne Tigers between 2007 and 2011 and won the league's MVP in 2010 with the Tigers.

"I know he (Bogut) knows what it is and I know what it is.

"I found out that Bogut hired an investigator to find out about my nickname history.

"The person who told me that is more than a reliable source.

"Bogut also told the players to say Carey five times when I was interviewing them.

"That is fine - it is no big deal but that is how the conversation went."  

 

The internet blew up on Tuesday when Williams went on Melbourne radio and accused Bogut of hiring a private investigator to find out information on him.

The New York native was born as Carey but changed his name to Corey after being teased at school.

Williams claims Bogut hired an investigator to discover his personal history and then encouraged Australian Boomers players to repeatedly call him "Carey" during World Cup warm-up matches earlier this year.

Bogut was quick to deny that he had hired an investigator to snoop on Williams, saying via Twitter: "Don't flatter yourself Carey (sic). I would not waste a dime on a private investigator when it comes to a guy who routinely showed up to NBL game day trainings stinking of alcohol.

 

 

"BTW, my investigator's name is Wikipedia."

 Williams responded to Bogut's accusation that he used to drink before games.

"On game day?? That's your response?" Williams fired back on Twitter.

 "It would have been better with you staying quiet. How do you know in 2007-2010 what I was or wasn't doing? You weren't even here. I don't even know you."  

Bogut's Twitter tension with Williams dates back to last season when he said the Sydney Kings star wasn't the best player in the league.

He constantly pumped up the tyres of then New Zealand big man Shawn Long as the NBL's premier player and centre.

Former NBL star Corey
Former NBL star Corey "Homicide" Williams. Picture: Katrina Bridgeford.

Bogut and Williams have repeatedly clashed on social media but the US-born commentator doesn't hold any grudges.

"We give each other banter and that is it," he said.

"Andrew just doesn't like when anyone challenges him or says anything against him or to him.

"Most people will shut up or they are too scared to challenge him or go at him on social media.

"But if I have an opinion on something, I'll say it but I don't attack anybody.

"I'm not scared of Bogut.

"If I was Australian most guys are reserved. They don't want to mess with Bogut because Bogut is Bogut.

"But I'm not Australian. I don't work for him, so I can say my opinion.

"I'm not disrespecting anyone.

"Andrew is a stable in basketball. He is one of the best Aussies to do this. He was a No.1 pick and he has had an incredible career and a great life because of that."

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