Liz Cambage goes on an epic rant about allegations she 'got into a fight and ...

Liz Cambage goes on an epic rant about allegations she 'got into a fight and ...
Liz Cambage goes on an epic rant about allegations she 'got into a fight and ...

Australian basketball star Liz Cambage has broken her silence on her bombshell withdrawal from the Tokyo Olympics with an explosive Instagram rant.   

Cambage, 29, vanished from the Opals camp in Las Vegas on Friday and teammates as well as officials were not aware of her whereabouts.

On Friday afternoon (AEST), Cambage confirmed via her social media she won't be on the plane to Tokyo.

Early on Saturday morning she told fans she was at 'breaking point' and confirmed reports she was involved in an altercation during the Opals' warm-up game against Nigeria

But she slammed the 'fake news and lies' when addressing allegations she had been partying in Las Vegas. 

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Cambage, 29, doesn't feel she would cope living in a bubble away from family and friends in Tokyo for the Games - and has confirmed she won't play in the Olympics

Cambage, 29, doesn't feel she would cope living in a bubble away from family and friends in Tokyo for the Games - and has confirmed she won't play in the Olympics

'Here we go again... This decision has been a few days in the making but I've been at breaking point for a month or so now,' she said. 

'But as soon as I put out that little statement yesterday and made the final decision, I felt a world of anxiety and pressure and heaviness I have been carrying lift straight off me.

'I'm pretty annoyed at all the fake news and the lies I'm seeing floating around in news articles and being shown and being asked about.'

Cambage's full Instagram video 

'Here we go again.

'First of all I'd like to say a big thank you to everyone who sent me a lot of love the past 16 hours. Thank you, I love y'all.

'This decision has been a few days in the making but I've been at breaking point for a month or so now.

'But as soon as I put out that little statement yesterday and made the final decision, I felt a world of anxiety and pressure and heaviness I have been carrying lift straight off me.

'I'm pretty annoyed at all the fake news and the lies I'm seeing floating around in news articles and being shown and being asked about.

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'I just want to say this decision was coming and I'm happy I finally made it on my own terms. It's sad that news got leaked yesterday that I didn't even know about.

'Yeah, things got heated in the Nigeria game. There was a physical altercation and there were words exchanged but I'm hearing things that aren't true at all, flying around from people in Australia and America which is crazy.

'Everything that happened and everything that was said is on film. I know what happened and I do not appreciate the lies and people constantly trying to tear me down. Hating on me won't bring you love, at all.

'But hey, I've been trapped in this room, with no view, with nothing, for a week. Of course I'm going to lose my mind in here, are you serious?

'I'm seeing reports I went out partying. S***. I wish I did! I know some of the people in Vegas have been having a really good time this week. But I've been in here, bro. I've been in here. And the only time I left this goddamn bubble was for the All-Star game.

'I don't appreciate the lies. Don't you ever get sick of lying on my name. Don't you have anything else better to talk about?

'Yesterday was literally one of the hardest decisions of my life. But it had been coming. I've been having breakdowns in the carpark at Whole Foods. Non-stop panic attacks. Hyperventilating. At the thought of going into one of the most high-pressure situations, that is already in a bubble. With no fans, no friends. I've never played without fans.

'The main reason I sat out the WNBA last season was my mental health. I'm not OK in a bubble. I'm not OK playing in front of no fans. Mentally, I'm an escapist. If I have no escape from a situation, it gives me anxiety and I panic. And there's definitely no escape, except for leaving, once you get into Tokyo. And I would not want to do that.'

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On Friday, Cambage told her fans she had made the decision to quit the Tokyo Games. 

'Every athlete competing at the Olympic Games should be at their mental and physical peak, and I am a long where from where I want and need to be,' Cambage said on her

"Instagram page.

'It's no secret I have had my struggles with mental health in the past and living in a bubble without family and friends (in Tokyo) is honestly terrifying for me.

'Relying on daily medication to control my anxiety is not the place I want to be right now. 

'It breaks my heart to withdraw from the Olympics, but I think it is the best decision for the Opals and myself right now.'

Cambage's erratic behaviour in Las Vegas this week infuriated teammates and team officials - before she announced she won't be playing in Tokyo

Australian basketball star Liz Cambage has confirmed she won't play in the Tokyo Olympics

Australian basketball star Liz Cambage has confirmed she won't play in the Tokyo Olympics

Cambage went on to wish her Opals teammates 'nothing but the best of luck in Tokyo' and said she hopes they 'go forth and win a gold medal.'

Earlier on Friday, it emerged the two-time Olympian was involved in a physical altercation during a warm up match against Nigeria earlier this week, which resulted in an episode of verbal abuse.

The four-time WNBA All-Star reportedly also broke team protocols to socialise

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