LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 06: Nicolas Batum #5 of France watches a free throw shot against Nigeria during the Men's Basketball Preliminary Round match on Day 10 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Basketball Arena on August 6, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Nicolas Batum Apologizes For Punching Juan Carlos Navarro In France's Loss To Spain

Nicolas Batum has apologized for punching Juan Carlos Navarro in the groin at the end of France's quarterfinal loss to Spain in the Olympic basketball tournament.

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Nicolas Batum Apologies For Punch, Says He Showed 'Bad Image' Of France

Nicolas Batum induced a near-brawl at the end of France's Olympic basketball quarterfinal loss to Spain when he punched Spain guard Juan Carlos Navarro in the groin. Tempers flared, and Batum remained angry after the game ended. However, he was much more apologetic several hours later, sending out this message on his Twitter account.

Batum was sort of going for a strip on Navarro, but he closed his fist and followed through on his swing. Here's the play.


Batum was not very apologetic after the game, calling out Spain for flopping and deliberately losing their final game of group play to face France instead of being on the same side of the bracket as Team USA. A couple hours after the game appeared to have cooled him down, at least publicly.

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