Australian Basketball Player Aron Baynes Out At Olympics After Bathroom Incident
Australian basketball player Aron Baynes is forced to suspend the remainder of the Tokyo Olympics after a "complicated" series of events that began on the court and ended in the bathroom.
Baynes, who also plays for the Toronto Raptors, first suffered a neck injury in Australia's game against Italy on Wednesday, then slipped and fell, making the problem worse.
"It was a complicated series of events," said Australian Chief Medical Officer Dr. David Hughes told reporters on Friday, according to Yahoo Sports. "He sustained an injury while playing on the pitch and then he slipped in the bathroom and suffered further injuries."
Aron Baynes at the Tokyo Olympics. (Photo by David Goldman via AP)
Before his injury, Baynes had scored 14 points in 14 minutes. Australia won the game 86-83.
"I'm really disappointed that I can't go on to the Olympics," he said in a statement the Australian Boomers, as the team is known, provided to the Associated Press. "I've worked so hard with the rest of the team in our pursuit of a historic Olympic medal and I'm disappointed that I can't complete the trip with the guys, but I have full confidence that they will get the job done."
Sports Illustrated noted that the state of Baynes is a "big dent" in the likelihood of Australians taking home a medal.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.
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