Nigerian Players' Damning Facial Expressions During Awkward Liz Cambage Press Conference
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Liz Cambage's time with the Los Angeles Sparks is over after the team confirmed they had agreed to a “contract divorce” with the the Aussie.
But in the wake of her sudden departure, a viral video has surfaced online and it's got basketball fans talking.
And it perhaps goes same way to explaining the frosty situation unfolding in California.
Despite being midway through the WNBA season, the Sparks decided to part ways with Cambage – someone who is widely regarded as one of the best in the league.
“It is with support that we share Liz Cambage’s decision to terminate her contract with the organisation,” Sparks managing partner Eric Holoman said.
“We want what’s best for Liz and have agreed to part ways amicably. The Sparks remain excited about our core group and are focused on our run towards a 2022 playoff berth.”
According to Girls Talk Sports TV, “chemistry issues” within the Sparks playing group could be at the centre of the latest news.
And this latest clip to emerge on social media suggests that could very well be the case.
Hindsight, etc. etc., but the body language of her teammates here feels telling. https://t.co/onI2NGH0Lc— Lindsay Gibbs (@linzsports) July 26, 2022
In a video posted on Twitter, Cambage can be seen sitting alongside Sparks teammates Nneka and Chiney Ogwumike during a press conference.
The Ogwumike sisters, who are both Nigerian, don't exactly look overjoyed when Cambage begins talking.
In fact, they even appear to roll their eyes at one point.
The atmosphere looks very, very frosty to say the least and social media users picked up on it too.
But perhaps the most damning comment came from Lincoln Anthony Blades, who tweeted: “Let’s just call it what it is: the Sparks signed Liz Cambage without notifying their star players (Nneka & Chiney – both Nigerian who KNEW what she did) because they didn’t really give a s**t about/didn’t investigate her beef with the Nigerian team.”
Cambage's exit (along with the emergence of this clip) comes almost a year after she with drew from the Australia's Olympic team heading to Tokyo following allegations that she used a racial slur towards Nigerian players during a warm-up match.
It was reported that she had gotten into a physical altercation with the Nigerian players before allegedly telling them to “go back to your third world country”.
She has strongly denied these allegations.