Liz Cambage: Basketball star proclaims she is stepping away from the WNBA ‘to give attention to therapeutic and private development’

“Playing for the Sparks was a dream come true and I’m honored to have shared the court with such amazing ladies for as long as we did,” Cambage mentioned in an Instagram publish.

“I’m sorry to have left abruptly and I wish it would have ended on a different note.”

The 30-year-old Australian, who holds the league’s single-game scoring report with 53 factors, joined the Sparks in February and has since averaged 13.0 factors, 6.4 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in 25 video games.

“It is with support that we share Liz Cambage’s decision to terminate her contract with the organization,” Sparks Managing Companion Eric Holoman mentioned in a group press launch in July. “We want what’s best for Liz and have agreed to part ways amicably.”

Following her departure on July 26, Los Angeles has misplaced eight of its remaining 9 common season video games and didn’t make the playoffs for the second consecutive 12 months.

“I’m hopeful that the WNBA will do their part in creating safer environments and a stronger support system for their players,” Cambage’s publish continued.

“While I’ll miss rocking the purple and gold, I’ll be taking this time to focus on my healing and personal growth before providing clarification on past rumors.”

The Sparks signed Cambage as a free agent earlier than allegations that she had directed racial slurs at Nigeria’s nationwide group throughout a closed-door follow earlier than the Olympics final 12 months turned public in Might 2022.

An unbiased evaluate in November 2021 issued Cambage with a proper reprimand after it discovered that she had engaged in conduct that “brought Basketball Australia into censure in relation to one of the incident charged” throughout a scrimmage between Nigeria and the Australian Opals in July 2021.

“Charges in relation to the other three alleged incidents were dismissed,” the assertion continued, with out elaborating on their nature. Cambage denies the allegations and later withdrew from the Australian Olympic group citing psychological well being causes.