Isaac
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Basketball Australia Liz Cambage investigation

Brief media release from BA:

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. As Liz has withdrawn from the Olympic Games due to mental health reasons we will not make any comments on the status of the investigation until the matter is concluded.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.

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LoveBroker  
Last week

I hope that 'mental health' does not prevent the findings of the completed investigation to be made public.

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Anonymous  
Last week

It cant be swept under the carpet because Liz felt he "mental health" got the better of her. She needs to be accountable to the Nigerian player as well as the rest of the Australian team..

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Cram  
Last week

You can hold someone to account without implying they're lying about mental health issues.

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Isaac  
Last week

I can't remember whether she's been public about diagnosis or self-diagnosis, but is it likely bi-polar comes into play? She flares up as a hothead to get into a situation then the anxiety side plays out to dodge and cope with repercussions? It always feels a bit uncomfortable when the media (and a forum at much smaller scale) focuses a lens on someone's impulsiveness playing out repeatedly in public. But if your world and income are derived from public attention (professional sport), the attention and media are a double-edged sword.

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Cram  
Last week

She mentioned in her video about her withdrawing that she's on medication (for anxiety I think?) so she's clearly had professional help as opposed to all of the keyboard warriors implying she's making it all up.

Now, that's by no means a get out of jail free card and she should be held to account, but pretending it isn't a factor or, worse, that she's making it up (as though publicly declaring you're suffering from mental health issues isnt hugely stigmatising) is deeply unhelpful.

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Zodiac  
Last week

That's what I think might be the case too Isaac. My best mate has got bi-polar and it's both mind-numbing and sad watching him navigate life. They have no even keel and go through extreme highs and extreme lows. One point my mate will be doing well working full-time, he'll have a g/f everything's going well, a month later his relationship has ended, he's quit his job, struggling to pay the rent and locks himself inside his house for a month.

About 15 years ago my mate inherited a $300k+ house, met a woman from Sydney moved there and sold his house here. Six years later he had blown the $300k on nothing, a few years after that his wife left him and then he was homeless with no money lining up for free charity meals.

Cambage may not even have bi-polar but dickheads make fun of her not realising the challenges people like this face including from their own demons.

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Isaac  
Last week

I feel like many elements of it are reasonable Hoops discussion - it's a basketball forum after all. But something that shits me is when a news site which otherwise ignores basketball's successes, only show up when there's a Cambage story, or Simmons beatdown, or if an NBL club goes out of business.

The Guardian is an absolute classic example. Any Cambage story gets instant coverage but after it was announced, I struggled to find much about Mills' being flagbearer. And The Guardian regularly feature content about mental health, diversity and the like! A bit of balance about these things should be a given for them. I'm a drop in the ocean, but I try to click any of their basketball stories but ignore the beat-ups where possible.

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Hoopie  
Last week

I'm with you, Isaac. (Not that I’d go anywhere near that 'paper’ in the first place.)

Channels 7 and 9 aren’t far behind in taking any opportunity to trash the game.

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Double Clutch  
Last week

I've long stopped reading The Guardian for exactly that reason Isaac. While I watch other sports in their pages get quite complimentary coverage.

Their Australian editors despise the game.

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Cram  
Last week

The guardian seems like they don't try to be a full service news source, just whatever they feel like covering.

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Isaac  
Last week

The Guardian is one of the few publications I read, but you can feel that they have some disdain for US sport, like you suggested DC. I certainly don't read it for sport coverage; I actually don't read anything but r/NBA for sport coverage really.

But still, sucks that the only time they'll give the sport any coverage is negative clickbait.

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Double Clutch  
Last week

Same Isaac, but my loyalty to the sport I love outweighs my need for their journalism. It's a shame.

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