Nene not worried by Brazil controversy

Nene not worried by Brazil controversy
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Nene insists that his troubled relationship with Brazilian supporters does not worry him.

Washington Wizards center Nene has claimed that his relationship with Brazilian basketball supporters does not worry him.

Despite enjoying success in the NBA, the 31-year-old has only appeared for Brazil twice since beginning his career in the USA and was recently jeered during a pre-season game in his home country.

"I don't have to defend myself because I didn't steal, I didn't kill and I didn't rob," Nene told the Washington Post.

"Sometimes people try to create a bad situation when one doesn't exist, but I know everything was the best that could be done. I'm here as an example. I know I'm a role model to many people.

"What I was able to conquer, the people can't take away from me. That's one of the reasons basketball has a problem developing in Brazil, but I'm sure that in the future it will be able to grow."

Nene averaged 12.6 points per game for the Wizards last season.

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