WNBA’s Liz Cambage has been accused of slurring Nigerian players

WNBA star Liz Cambage has been accused of racially abusing members of the Nigeria national team during a training match ahead of the Tokyo Olympics, according to a report.

Anonymous Nigerian players claim the Australian and Los Angeles Sparks Centers called them “monkeys” and told them to “go back to their third world country” while they fought behind closed doors, the Daily Telegraph (Australia) reported.

Cambage, 30, reportedly made the comments during an altercation during scrimmage. She was allegedly seen elbowing an opposing player in the head and punching another.

“That’s what I remember, the term monkeys, yes. And go back where you came from,” one Nigerian player told the Telegraph. “She definitely used monkeys or monkeys.”

“I was on the field. She definitely said go back to your third world country,” added another anonymous player. “I didn’t hear it, but [teammates] confirmed that she called us monkeys.”

The incident prompted Australian officials to suspend play just before the end of the second quarter. Cambage, whose father is Nigerian, apologized to the African side after the incident, which was said to have not been well received by the players.

“I think it was cops —” one player said of the outlet. “I don’t think it was a sincere apology.”

FILE - Las Vegas Aces' Liz Cambage (8) plays against the Seattle Storm during a WNBA basketball game in Everett, Wash. in this file photo dated May 15, 2021.  Half of Australia's Tokyo Games roster, led by Liz Cambage, currently plays in the WNBA.
Cambage retired from the Olympics to focus on her mental well-being.
AP/Elaine Thompson

“Although she is Australian, we knew she was half Nigerian. So before it was like she was one of us,” added another Nigerian player. “That was another thing that had to be cut deep for her to do that and show no remorse at all.”

Cambage later announced she was withdrawing from the Tokyo Olympics, which was delayed by the coronavirus, citing her mental and physical health.

“Relying on daily medication to control my anxiety is not where I want to be right now. Especially when you compete on the biggest sports stage in the world,” she says wrote in a statement. “It breaks my heart to announce that I’m retiring from the Olympics, but I think it’s for the best of the Opals and myself.”

The Nigerian players’ comments came after Cambage fired on the Australia women’s national basketball team earlier this month.

“My heart is with those who want to protect me and those who want me to be the best I can be,” Cambage said on ABC Sport. “And I didn’t feel that at all with the Opals. So, yeah, I’m fine.”

Cambage, a four-time WNBA All-Star, signed with the Sparks earlier this year. She was drafted #2 by the Tulsa Shock in the 2011 draft.

https://nypost.com/2022/05/30/wnbas-liz-cambage-accused-of-calling-nigerian-players-slur/ WNBA’s Liz Cambage has been accused of slurring Nigerian players


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