Liz Cambage escapes fine or ban for on-court incident in Olympic warm-up

Liz Cambage has escaped a fine or suspension despite an independent review finding the Opals and WNBA star engaged in conduct that brought Basketball Australia into censure.

The independent panel issued Cambage with a formal reprimand for the matter which arose from an on-court incident in an Olympic warm-up match against Nigeria in Las Vegas. A Basketball Australia investigation prompted the independent review.

After a hearing held last Friday, the panel found her guilty of one charge but dismissed charges in relation to three other alleged incidents, BA announced. It said neither BA nor Cambage intends to appeal the decision.

Cambage pulled out of Australia’s Tokyo campaign in the days after the Nigeria practice match due to mental health concerns, revealing she had been having panic attacks about going into the Games bubble.

The low-grade penalty means the 30-year-old is eligible to feature in next year’s Fiba Women’s World Cup in Sydney next September. The world No 2-ranked Opals struggled after Cambage’s late withdrawal as they were bounced out at the quarter-final stage in Tokyo.

“The panel, after examination of the evidence before it, determined that Elizabeth Cambage did engage in conduct that brought Basketball Australia into censure in relation to one of the incidents charged,” the BA statement read.

Cambage completed the WNBA season with the Las Vegas Aces after the Olympics. She won a WNBL title with Southside last season but is yet to sign with a club ahead of this season’s 3 December tip-off.