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Nic Batum apologizes for punching Juan Carlos Navarro in groin during game

Posted by Chad Finn, Globe Staff  August 8, 2012 04:21 PM

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LONDON – At first, France's Nic Batum wasn't exactly remorseful after punching Spain's Juan Carlos Navarro in the groin during the teams' matchup Wednesday in the men's basketball medal round.

"I wanted to give him a good reason to flop," Batum told Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski.

If Batum's motivation for the cheap shot is indeed what he told Wojnarowski -- that he was sick of Spain players flopping during a 66-59 victory -- it's probably a good thing for triple lindy specialist LeBron James that Team USA won't play France again in the Olympics.

Batum, presumably after being sent to his room to think about his bad behavior, did apologize via Twitter later on his account, @nicolas88batum

I want to apologize for my stupid act at the end, I showed a bad image of France and myself, Congrats to team Spain.

No word whether Navarro accepted his apology. Or for that matter, whether he has uncoiled from the fetal position.

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