Ex-NBA player John Amaechi calls out West Virginia coach Bob Huggins for ‘disgusting’ homophobic slurs

East nba forward john amechi Long has been pushing some of his recent comments against West Virginia men̵7;s basketball coach Bob Huggins.

earlier this week, Higgins used homophobic slurs in reference to Xavier fans during a Cincinnati radio appearance on 700 WLW.

Amaechi described Huggins’ comments as “disgusting”.


West Virginia Mountaineers head coach Bob Huggins shouts from the bench during the first half against the Baylor Bears at WVU Coliseum in Morgantown, W.Va., Jan. 18, 2022. (Ben Queen / USA TODAY Sports)

Amaechi last played in the league for the Utah Jazz and retired after the 2002–03 season. In 2007, he revealed in his New York Times bestseller “Man in the Middle” that he was gay.

also worked with Amaechi cleveland cavaliers and the Orlando Magic during his five-year career.

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After learning of Huggins’ comments, Amaechi said he believed others in leadership positions in the sports world had similar views. Mountaineer Coach’s

“I don’t know the guy, but he sounds like a dinosaur,” Amaechi told TMZ Sports. “College (and indeed pro) sports are littered with them.”

West Virginia's Bon Huggins coaches against Kansas

West Virginia Mountaineers head coach Bob Huggins points to a call for his team in the first half of the Big 12 Tournament quarterfinal game against the Kansas Jayhawks at T-Mobile Arena on March 10, 2022 in Kansas City, Mo. (Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Amaechi also expressed dismay over how radio show host Engaged with Huggins during the conversation.

He added that everyone involved was “disgusted and guilty for pursuing this conversation and calling [Huggins] ‘Best’ after he said those words.

Amaechi said he was not surprised to hear the comment.

“It is hardly surprising that some people still think it okay to say these words,” Amaechi said. “As to whether he should be a teacher (as a coach or otherwise), I would remind people that outspoken anti-trans and anti-gays usually sit in a constellation where many other minority groups (including black and brown people) ) are also held in contempt.”

John Amechi speaks at an award show

John Amaechi during the 18th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at the Marriott Marquis in New York City. (Stephen Lovekin/WireImage for GLAAD)

Over the past decade and a half, Amaechi has used her platform to advocate for the LGBTQ+ community. Since stepping away from basketball, he has become a psychologist and works as a professor.

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Huggins has apologized for his remarks. The university has announced its intention to review Huggins’ comments.