Federal Labor MP Tim Watts has let loose with a huge rant on the floor of a parliament about his outrage over Aussie NBA star not being picked for the All-Star team.
Watts stood up and gave a fiery speech about Simmons’ snub, complete with slamming fists and statistics to back up his argument.
“I rise today to express my outrage at the exclusion of Australian Ben Simmons from this year’s NBA All-Star game,” Watts ranted.
“In a record breaking rookie year for the Philadelphia 76ers, Ben is currently averaging nearly 17 points, eight rebounds, seven assists in a game.
“He’s already had five triple-doubles and frankly no one with two brain cells to rub together would want Goran Dragic on their team over Ben.”
Watts also reserved some ire for fellow Joe Ingles missing out on the three point shooting competition.
“The fact that compatriot Jingling Joe Ingles has also been left out of the three point competition despite currently sitting third on the league in three point percentage makes me think there’s some kind of anti-Australian conspiracy going on at league head office at the moment,” he said.
“If you thought that Australia was angry about the Simpsons versus Australia TV episode, you ain’t seen nothing yet!”
Watch Watts’s epic rant here:
He did eventually come to a serious point about the Australians playing in the NBA come from diverse backgrounds, with an Indigenous Australian, four children of immigrants and two refugees making up part of the Aussie contingent.
The rant has had some cut-through, with ESPN already picking it up.