Portland Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum has apologized for punching Spanish guard Juan Carlos Navarro in the groin during a 2012 London Olympics quarterfinal game.
Portland Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum punched Spanish guard Juan Carlos Navarro in the groin during a 2012 London Olympics quarterfinal game.
Here was the post-game reaction.
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.
Later, Batum 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!