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France's Nicolas Batum— whose basketball team was about to be eliminated from Olympic play— threw a flagrant fist into the groin of Spain's Juan Carlos Navarro's after France's Ronny Turiaf sent Rudy Fernandez into the sidelines with hard foul in the final minutes of play.
The France team believed that Spain lost on purpose to Brazil the other night speculating that they dumped the game to keep Spain on the opposite side of the bracket from the U.S..
Spain has not lost an Olympic game to anyone but the U.S. since 2000 and the France squad was insulted that it may have been considered the lesser team.
"I wanted to give them a good reason to flop," Batum said after the nut shot.
If you can't hit your shots, you might as well hit 'em where it hurts suddenly seems to be the mantra of these games.
The players from both teams had to be separated after Batum's low blow. Navarro made one of his free throws after the foul and Spain went on a 12-0 run before the frustrated French team scored again.
Marc Gasol finished the game with 14 points, but it was defense that won the game for the usually high-octane Spain team.
The Spanish kept hopes alive for the gold-medal rematch against the Americans— who beat them 118-107 in Beijing in 2008.
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The Portland Trail Blazers created a culture of well-mannered community members following the Jail Blazers era in the early-2000s, and as a result, the team has lacked that certain edge that it takes to compete with the best of the best year in and year out.
Nicolas Batum has probably never been called edgy in his life, but the Olympics have seemingly brought out...
Meet Nicolas Batum a member of the French Basketball team and the NBA's Portland Trail Blazers. He wasn't very nice earlier today when he punched Spain's Juan Carlos Navarro where the sun don't shine in the last minutes of their loss to the Spaniards 66-59. Talk about not taking a loss very well huh?
This isn't the first time a player has been...
Olympic Video: Nicolas Batum Hits Juan Carlos Navarro In Nuts. This was from yesterday’s France vs. Spain match up. I am going to file this under “You can not make this up. This was in no way an accident. Nicolas Batum takes a running go with one intent. That intent was simply to hit Juan [...]
By all accounts, Nicolas Batum is a classy fella. Until this week, anyway.
Chances are by now you’ve seen or at least heard about him taking a full on, close-fisted swing and connecting squarely with Juan Carlos Navarro’s man region.
The incident seemed very un-Nic… and that spells great news for the Portland Trail Blazers.
To recap, the Blazers just ponied up some big bucks...
The low blows all started when the Carmelo Anthony got hit there but that can’t compare to what happened to Juan Carlos Navarro of Spain. With the game winding now France’s Nicolas Batum decided to do a full out punch to Navarro’s groin region. That’s not cool.
Here is what Batum told Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.
“I wanted to give him a good reason...
Spain/France semifinal game. France's Nicolas Batum decided to punch Spains Juan Carlos Navarro in los testicles. Image via
Better than Carmelo Anthony's nailing?
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France’s Nicholas Batum seems to have lost the Olympic spirit near the end of today’s loss to Spain because how else can you explain a guy drilling an opponent in the nuts? Never heard of Batum? The guy is only going to make $46 million over the next four years playing for the Portland Trail Blazers. Something tells us David Stern won’t be happy when he wakes up from his nap...
Did I miss something in the rules about international play in basketball? Is a shot to an opposing player’s “naughty bits” a legit foul? First Melo was popped in his manhood during a game and today, France’s Nic Batum took aim at Spain’s Juan Carlos Navarro’s jewels. The incident took place during the quarter finals [...]
First Carmelo Anthony was on the receiving end of a fist to the junk, and now this. But this nut shot, delivered by France’s Nic Batum to Spain’s Juan Carlos Navarro, is a lot more brutal and vicious than the one Anthony took, because Batum’s intentions were as clear and articulate as a fist to the groin can be.
The nasty incident occurred during Spain’s 66-59 win over...
Nic Batum took a swing at Juan Carlos Navarro’s crotch region and somehow got away with not being ejected. Check out the deliberate punch which was delivered in the 4th quarter of the quarterfinal matchup between France and Spain.
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I know this isn't Celtics related, but it was too good not to share. In today's Olympic quarterfinal game between France and Spain, things got a little bit heated as France's Nicholas Batum hit Spain's Juan Carlos Navarro below the belt. As you can see, it wasn't accidental, either.
Now, that's not the best part, it was Batum's explanation for it afterwards...
France’s Nic Batum is the latest Olympian to target an opponent’s groin. This photo shows Batum punching Spain’s Juan Carlos Navarro below-the-belt in the closing seconds of today’s quarterfinal game.
Batum, who was not ejected, seemed proud of his actions. Here’s a tweet from Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski:
Finally, I asked Batum if he felt like his punch ultimately gave...
And it was all over a flop...or two.
Wednesday during, France and Spain's Olympic Quarterfinal game a "Punch Heard Round the World" was thrown.
The flailing punch from French forward Nicholas Batum to Spanish guard Juan Carlos Navarro strangely didn't result in an automatic ejection...from the game that is.
After the game, Batum told Yahoo Sports...