WNBA star Liz Cambage accused of directing racial slur at Nigerian players before Tokyo Olympics: Report

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WNBA star Liz Cambage is accused of directing a racial slur toward members of the Nigerian national team during a scrimmage before last year’s Tokyo Olympics, according to a report. Anonymous Nigerian players claim the Australian and Los Angeles Sparks center called them “monkeys” and told them to “go back to your Third World country” during a closed-door scrimmage, the Daily Telegraph (Australia) reported. Cambage, 30, reportedly made the comments during an altercation during the scrimmage. She was allegedly was seen elbowing one opposing player in the head and slapping another.
Briann January, left, of the Seattle Storm, and Liz Cambage (1) of the Los Angeles Sparks during the first half at Climate Pledge Arena May 20, 2022, in Seattle.
(Steph Chambers/Getty Images)”That’s what I recall, the term monkeys, yes. And go back to where you came from,” a Nigerian player told the Telegraph. “She definitely did use monkeys or monkey.”CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM”I was on the court. She definitely said go back to your Third World country,” another anonymous player added. “I didn’t hear it, but [teammates] confirmed she called us monkeys.”The incident led Australian officials to halt the game just before the end of the second quarter. Cambage, whose father is Nigerian, apologized to the African team after the incident, which reportedly wasn’t well received by the players. 
Australia’s Liz Cambage (8) and her teammates react after winning a game against Puerto Rico during the FIBA Women’s Olympic qualifying tournament Feb. 8, 2020, at the Prado stadium in Bourges, Center France.
(Guillaume Souvant/AFP via Getty Images)”I think it was bulls—-,” one player said, via the outlet. “I don’t think it was a sincere apology.””Although she’s Australian, we knew she was half Nigerian. So, before then, it was like she was one of us,” another Nigerian player added. “That was another thing to cut deep, for her to do that and not show any remorse at all.”BRITTNEY GRINER’S WIFE CALLS ON BIDEN TO HELP IN WNBA STAR’S RELEASE FROM RUSSIAN DETAINMENTCambage later announced she was pulling out of the coronavirus-delayed Tokyo Olympics, citing her mental and physical health.”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,” she 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.”The comments by Nigerian players came after Cambage took aim at the Australian women’s national basketball team earlier this month. 
Las Vegas Aces center Liz Cambage yells after making a basket during a game between the Las Vegas Aces and Los Angeles July 2, 2021, at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
(Jevone Moore/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)”My heart lies with those who want to protect me and those who want me to be the best I can be,” Cambage said, via ABC Sport. “And I never felt that at the Opals at all. So, yeah, I’m good.”CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPCambage, a four-time WNBA All-Star, signed with the Sparks earlier this year. She was selected No. 2 overall by the Tulsa Shock in the 2011 draft.

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