Liz Cambage slams coach over 'offensive' remark about her weight

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Seen here, Connecticut Sun coach Curt Miller and Aussie basketball star Liz Cambage.
Connecticut Sun coach Curt Miller was forced to apologise after a disrespectful remark about Liz Cambage's weight. Pic: Getty

Aussie basketball star Liz Cambage has let rip at a rival coach on social media after taking offence to a disrespectful comment about her weight.

The outspoken Opals and WNBA star was left fuming after an incident during her Las Vegas Aces team's 72-65 loss to Connecticut Sun.

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Cambage said on Instagram after her side's loss that Sun coach Curt Miller — identified as "little sir man" by the 29-year-old star — disrespected her by saying she weighed 300 pounds (136kg). 

The Instagram went live in the evening, with Miller releasing a statement through the team to say he was sorry the following morning. 

In a post on social media, the team's statement says Miller "acknowledged that his comment was inappropriate and offensive".

The WNBA has since suspended Miller and fined him $10,000. He'll miss the team's next game against the Seattle Storm.

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Cambage calls out Miller for weight comment 

It's unclear when in the game the comment occurred but seconds into the fourth quarter, Cambage drew a foul, hit both shots and stuffed DeWanna Bonner's attempt on the other end. 

Miller could be seen on the sideline yelling toward the referee and Cambage said something toward the bench's direction. 

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"Something went down in today's game and I need to speak on it, because if there's one thing about me is that I will never let a man disrespect me. EVER. Ever. Ever. Ever. Especially a little white one. 

"So to the coach of Connecticut — I'm sorry, little sir man, I do not know your name. But the next time you try to call out a referee trying to get a call being like, 'C'mon, she's 300 pounds,' I'm going to need you to get it right baby. Because I'm 6-8. 

"I just double-checked because I love to be correct and get facts. I'm weighing 235 pounds (107kg) and I'm very proud of being a big bi***, big body, big Benz, baby. So don't ever try to disrespect me or another woman in the league. 

"I don't know if that's how coaches run, like you just try to disrespect women like that, from the sideline? 

"You're so lucky it was during a game. That whole part, you were so lucky that I was doing my job. 

"Anyway to that little man — whole little, tiny, like where is you? — stop trying to project your insecurities baby. 

"Pick up the phone, call the pysch, because you projecting some bulls*** right now. And next time you try to disrespect me, remember, I'm 235. 

"It might seem like 300 pounds to your little ass. I'm 235, baby." 

She jumped back on to say there's a difference between players "talking s***" on the court and a coach getting involved because players "can't do nothing back." 

Liz Cambage took exception to the lack of diversity in promo shoots of the Australian Olympic team. Image: Jockey/Getty
Liz Cambage took exception to the lack of diversity in promo shoots of the Australian Olympic team. Image: Jockey/Getty

Basketball star backflips over Olympics boycott

Cambage has been in the headlines frequently of late after this month threatening to boycott the Tokyo Olympic Games over an Australian team photo shoot that she described as being "white-washed" and not racially diverse.

The two-time Olympian took exception to two separate photos - one showing athletes from Australia's Olympic and Paralympic teams in apparel supplied by sponsor Jockey, but without a person of colour.

The second photo showed athletes at the launch of the Australian team's official uniforms for the Tokyo Olympics.

Cambage's post sparked headlines after she wrote: “Y’all really do anything to remove POCs [people of colour] from the forefront when it’s black athletes leading the pack."

"Until i see y’all doing more @ausolympicteam imma sit this one out."

Cambage's reaction drew support and criticism in varying degrees, before she backflipped on the threat by declaring several days later that she was going to the Olympic Games.

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