Liz Cambage Says She’s Joining Nigerian National Team After Allegedly Calling Them ‘Monkeys’

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It wasn’t all that long ago that Liz Cambage was one of the best WNBA players on the planet.

Cambage, a 6-foot-9 center, made the WNBA All-Star game in 2018, 2019 and 2021 and led the league in scoring in the first of those seasons.

But since then, her career has taken a bit of a nosedive.

Cambage signed with the Los Angeles Sparks in February of 2022 after spending the previous two seasons with the Las Vegas Aces.

But she never seemed to find her footing with the team. Her 13 points per game were the lowest since her rookie season in the league, as were her 6.4 rebounds per game.

Cambage then requested her release from the team amid reports of multiple issues with her teammates.

However, it was a year prior at the Tokyo Olympics where her problems really began.

Cambage was set to play for Australia, where she lived for the majority of her childhood. But two weeks prior to the Olympics beginning, she was sent home. Cambage claimed this was due to mental healthy struggles.

Though in May of 2022, reports emerged claiming that Cambage had racially taunted players on the Nigerian team during a pre-Olympics training game. The report stated that she called the players “monkeys” and told them to “go back to your Third World country.”

Sources also claimed  Cambage elbowed and slapped players on the Nigerian team, causing the training game to be called off.

But now she’s back, and she’s telling her side of the story.

Cambage sat down with Bleacher Report’s Taylor Rooks and reiterated that such language towards any Nigerian player.

Rooks then asked her why her version of events differs to greatly from everyone else’s on hand.

Cambage replied that “a lot of girls don’t like me.”

“I don’t really lean towards racially backed insults,” she continued. “That’s not how I go. I’m very pro-Black. I did not say these [things] to these girls. The truth looks a lot worse for other organizations involved, than using me as a scapegoat.”

But that was just the star. Then Cambage made a stunning claim.

“We’re filing for me to leave the Australian national team so I can represent Nigeria,” she said. “I’ve been in cahoots. I’ve been talking with them since all of this happened. This is what I mean. People don’t know the truth.”

Nigerian player Promise Amukamara immediately disputed her claim.

Amukamara then revealed that Cambage hadn’t been in touch with current Nigeria coaches.

Something tells us that Cambage probably won’t play for D’Tigress anytime soon.