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Report: WNBA Star Cambage Directed Racial Slur at Nigerian Players Prior to 2021 Olympics

WNBA star Liz Cambage reportedly directed a racial slur at Nigerian national team players during a scrimmage prior to the 2021 Summer Olympics, according to an investigation by The Daily Telegraph. 

The report includes details of a stunning video showing the Australian center inciting a brawl after elbowing an opponent in the head and slapping another player in a closed-door scrimmage against Nigeria prior to last summer’s Olympics. Anonymous Nigerian players interviewed by The Daily Telegraph claim Cambage, 30, called the Nigerian players “monkeys” and told them to “go back to your third world country” during the fight.

Cambage’s outburst led to the end of practice after Australian officials called the game off before the end of the second quarter. The Daily Telegraph reported Cambage, whose father is Nigerian, apologized to the Nigerian team a day later but it “wasn’t well received by every player.”

Cambage would eventually withdraw from the Tokyo Olympics ahead of its July 23 start date. At the time, Cambage said the reason for the decision was to “take care of myself mentally and physically.” Her withdrawal came around the same time ESPN reported the Opals were evaluating her future with the program following a “physical altercation” and “charged verbal exchange” with Nigerian players, though the details were not given.

Cambage is currently in her first season with the Sparks after a two-year run with the Aces. The four-time All-Star has played for four teams across five seasons since being drafted second overall in 2011.

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