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WNBA’s Liz Cambage denies using racial slur against Nigerian players

Liz Cambage denies calling members of Team Nigeria monkeys throughout a skirmish at a pre-Olympic scrimmage final year.

Earlier this month, Jenna O’Hea, the captain of Team Australia, alleged that Cambage, her former teammate, instructed Nigerian players to “go back to your Third World Country”.

A subsequent report got here out within the Telegraph, with nameless Nigerian players accusing Cambage of calling them monkeys.

“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.”

“I was on the court. She definitely said go back to your Third World country,” one other nameless participant mentioned. “I didn’t hear it, but [teammates] confirmed she called us monkeys.”

Liz Cambage denies calling Team Nigerian players monkeys throughout a brawl.
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Cambage, in a press release on her Instagram web page, mentioned that the incident was dealt with “privately” almost a year in the past.

“I am very disappointed and hurt by the events and accusations that have unfolded in the Australian media,” Cambage wrote. “The recount of what took place is inaccurate and misleading. I did not use the racial slur towards the Nigerian team that has been circulated.”

Cambage claims that she dedicated a foul on a Nigerian participant and was subsequently “physically assaulted” by her, strolling away after being hit within the face and pushed to the bottom. She says she had requested to sit down out of the sport to handle her psychological and bodily well being.

“We did not have professional referees to manage and prioritize both teams’ safety during this highly physical scrimmage,” Cambage wrote. “This isn’t an excuse or justification to the occasions that unfolded, or my actions, nonetheless, I really feel {that a} full image of the surroundings that led to this final result have to be shared.

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

Cambage, whose father is Nigerian, dropped out of the Olympics, citing psychological well being considerations. She at the moment performs for the Los Angeles Sparks within the WNBA.