Apparently Nicolas Batum doesn't like Juan Carlos Navarro or the Spanish national team very much. With time winding down in Spain's 66-59 men's basketball quarterfinal win over the French, Batum wound up and punched Navarro as hard as he could. In the groin. Seriously, man, that's not cool.
Batum, a member of the NBA's Portland Trail Blazers, was later asked by Yahoo!'s Adrian Wojnarowski why he hit Navarro, and he said, "I wanted to give him a good reason to flop."
Wojnarowski explained that Batum apparently believed the Spanish purposely tanked their preliminary game against Brazil in order to face France in the quarterfinals.
Batum was not ejected for the foul, and now that France is out of the tournament any kind of discipline probably won't be severe.
What Batum didn't mention is that he was likely also upset by his performance Wednesday. He played 32 minutes but registered only nine points on 3-of-12 shooting.
Clearly, he was frustrated. But taking a swing at a player is never acceptable, especially when you're targeting his junk. Again, not cool, bro.
UPDATE: Batum has issued an apology via Twitter, claiming he was sorry for his "stupid act at the end." He also congratulated the Spanish on their win.
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