WNBA's Liz Cambage denies directing racial slur toward Nigerian players before Tokyo Olympics

주말 동안, 데일리 텔레그래프 (호주) Cambage는 나이지리아 선수들에게 다음과 같이 지시하기 전에 라스베거스에서 열린 비공개 경기에서 나이지리아 팀 멤버의 머리를 팔꿈치로 찔렀다고 보고했습니다. “go back to your third world countryand calling themmonkeys.

Liz Cambage of the Los Angeles Sparks during a game against the Storm on May 20, 2022, 시애틀, 워싱턴.

Liz Cambage of the Los Angeles Sparks during a game against the Storm on May 20, 2022, 시애틀, 워싱턴. (Steph Chambers/Getty Images)

That’s what I recall, the term monkeys, 예. And go back to where you came from,” one anonymous Nigerian player said. “She definitely did use monkeys or monkey.

Cambage, who is Australian and plays for the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA, called the reportsinaccurate and misleadingin a Monday Instagram post.

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The incident that took place during the pre-Olympic scrimmage with the Nigerian team was handled privately, almost a year ago,” Cambage said in a statement posted to her Instagram page.

Las Vegas Aces center Liz Cambage yells after a basket on July 2, 2021, at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Las Vegas Aces center Liz Cambage yells after a basket on July 2, 2021, at the Los Angeles Convention Center. (Jevone Moore/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

I am very disappointed and hurt by the events and accusations that have unfolded in the Australian media,” Cambage continued. “The recount of what took place is inaccurate and misleading.

I did not use the racial slur toward the Nigerian team that has been circulating.

더 많은 스포츠 범위를 보려면 여기를 클릭하십시오. .

Cambage, whose father is Nigerian, later pulled out from the 2021 도쿄 올림픽, 그녀의 정신 건강을 인용.

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Relying on daily medication to control my anxiety is not the place I want to be right now. Especially walking into competition on the world’s biggest sporting stage,” 여자 wrote in a statement. “It breaks my heart to announce I’m withdrawing from the Olympics, but I think it’s best for the Opals and myself.

In her Instagram post on Monday, Cambage reiterated that she apologized to members of the Nigerian national team following the incident.

Australia's pivot Liz Cambage and her teammates react after beating Puerto Rico during the FIBA Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament on Feb. 8, 2020, in Bourges, 프랑스.

Australia’s pivot Liz Cambage and her teammates react after beating Puerto Rico during the FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament on Feb. 8, 2020, in Bourges, 프랑스. (Guillaume Souvant/AFP via Getty Images)

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I have taken responsibility and accountability for my involvement in what occurred,” Cambage wrote. “I genuinely apologized to the Nigerian team and I once again, am sorry that these events are being rehashed.

I truly hope that I can move forward from this incident and apply actionable effort to be my best self.

Cambage is a four-time WNBA All-Star, signing with Los Angeles in February. [object Window] 10 games with the Sparks, Cambage is averaging 15.6 포인트 및 5.9 경기당 리바운드.

폭스 뉴스’ David Aaro contributed to this report.

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