Just happened in the France-Spain game. Batum said to reporters afterwards and I quote, "I wanted to give him a good reason to flop,".
Portland Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum punched Juan Carlos Navarro in the crotch during a 2012 London Olympics quarterfinal game between France and Spain on Wednesday. Here's a GIF.
The foul, which did not earn an ejection, occurred with 23 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter after France had taken issue with Spain's simulation of fouls. Spain went on to defeat France, 66-59, eliminating the French from the Olympics. Spain advances to the semifinals where they will face Russia, who defeated Lithuania, 83-74, earlier on Wednesday.
Batum finished the game with 9 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 block on 3-for-12 shooting in 32 minutes.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports on Twitter Batum's post-game comments.
"I wanted to give him a good reason to flop," Batum said.
Told Batum some won't think groin shot is in Olympic spirit. Batum: "Do you think if you lost a game on purpose, that's the Olympic spirit?"
Batum said he believes that Spain tanked final preliminary game against Brazil to face France in quarterfinals.
Finally, I asked Batum if he felt like his punch ultimately gave Navarro a 'good reason' to flop. "I hope so," Batum said.
Batum has since issued an apology on Twitter.
"I want to apologize for my stupid act at the end, I showed a bad image of France and myself, Congrats to team Spain. Still proud of my team and teamates, we gave the best from ourselves for our country. Now I cheers for the women bball team!"
My opinion of Batum has changed massively after this.
Glad he didn't get anywhere near our team.
Last edited by Joey; Wed Aug 8th, 2012 at 03:46 PM.
"That was Nasty right? Cocked that Joint back and banged on 'em." -James Johnson
Passionate, and funny as fuck.
Whatever go out with a bang, but theres one thing to attack someone, but someones kids thats crazy.
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