Liz Cambage is officially under investigation from Basketball Australia for what has been deemed a “breach of the integrity framework and code of conduct” following her exit from the Opals’ Olympic team last week.
Cambage, a four-time WNBA All-Star and the Opals’ best player, withdrew from the team last week stating that she needed to “take care of [herself] mentally and physically].
Amid reports of a series of incidents in the Opals’ camp in Las Vegas, Basketball Australia confirmed that the 29-year-old was under investigation in a statement.
“The circumstances surrounding the incident that occurred during the scrimmage between Nigeria and Australia involving Liz Cambage are currently under investigation for a breach of the integrity framework and code of conduct,” the statement read.
“As Liz has withdrawn from the Olympic Games due to mental health reasons we will not make any comments on the status of the investigation until the matter is concluded.
“The investigation is being managed by Basketball Australia’s Integrity Division.”
Cambage herself has confirmed that she was involved in a physical altercation during the scrimmage against Nigeria, but suggested that rumours surrounding the incident had gotten out of hand.
“Yeah, things got heated in the Nigeria game,” she said. “There was a physical altercation and there were words exchanged, but I’m hearing things that aren’t true at all.
“Everything that happened and everything that was said is on film.”
Cambage has also strongly denied rumours that she went outside of the Opals’ Las Vegas bubble.
“I’m seeing reports I went out partying. S—. I wish I did!” she said.
“I know some of the people in Vegas have been having a really good time this week. But I’ve been in here, bro. I’ve been in here. And the only time I left this goddamn bubble was for the All-Star game.
“I don’t appreciate the lies. Don’t you ever get sick of lying on my name. Don’t you have anything else better to talk about?”
The Cambage-less Opals are scheduled to open their Olympic campaign with a Group C match-up against Belgium on July 27.