Cambage ‘third world’ jibe sparked Nigeria brawl: O’Hea – NewzBugs

SYDNEY: Former Australia captain Jenna O’Hea said on Sunday {{that a}} Liz Cambage jibe about Nigeria being a third world nation was behind the brawl at a pre-Olympic warmth up sport in Las Vegas remaining yr.

WNBA All Star Cambage subsequently pulled out of the Australia squad for the Tokyo Olympics citing psychological nicely being factors and was later formally reprimanded by Basketball Australia for “prohibited conduct” over the incident.

Requested to substantiate whether or not or not Cambage had knowledgeable the Nigerian players to “return to your third world nation” all through the game on an Australian Broadcasting Company TV current on Sunday, O’Hea said: “That’s all 100 per cent appropriate”.

O’Hea, who led Opals to a quarter-final exit in Tokyo, said she had not spoken to Cambage as a result of the incident and didn’t suppose the 30-year-old would ever play for Australia as soon as extra.

Cambage said remaining December that she had “zero” curiosity in representing Australia on the World Cup on dwelling soil in September and October this yr.

She outlined remaining yr that she had withdrawn from her third Olympics on account of she was affected by nervousness and didn’t suppose she would possibly cope with being in a “bubble” environment in Tokyo.

The guts did to not play inside the 2020 WNBA season, which befell in a bubble in Florida, after receiving a medical exemption.

Her current WNBA workforce, the Los Angeles Sparks, didn’t reply to a request for contact upon Sunday.

Cambage, who was born in London to an Australian mother and Nigerian father, commented on the incident all through the Nigeria sport in an Instagram publish remaining yr.

“Issues received heated within the Nigeria recreation,” she said. “There was a bodily altercation and there have been phrases exchanged.”

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