Tuesday, September 25th, 2012 at 10:15 am  |  29 responses

Nicolas Batum Feels Bad About Nut-Punching Juan Carlos Navarro

The Portland Trailblazers’ team website caught up with forward Nicolas Batum, who talked about his infamous nut-punch this summer during the Olympics. Batum regrets the incident:”What I’m mad about is what I showed to people about myself, what I showed about the game, about France, everything,’ said Batum. ‘I feel bad about it because that’s not me. I’m human. I lost it. I just lost it. You don’t want this type of action. I can’t do it. You can’t see that on the court. If the (International Basketball) Federation or the Olympics want to suspend me a couple games or fine me, I’m okay with that. I won’t say anything.’ Batum didn’t like what he was seeing after enduring a lockout season, a prolonged contract negotiation and an earlier than expected exit from the Olympics. So for the first time in years, Batum forced himself to step away from the court in order to rest his body and gain some perspective. ‘The (offseason) was really crazy for me. I needed rest. The first time, I think in six or seven years, that I got much time to rest before the season starts. I really needed it… Over the last 20 days I got some rest, but I know I have to be ready for this year so I came early this year because I want to be with the team. I want to show them that you can trust me.’ [...] ‘This city and these fans know the game. They’ve had a lot of different, great players here,’ said Batum. ‘So with the contract I got, people expect huge things from me, and I understand that. So I don’t want to disappoint them. I just want to bring it every night. I know my game. I know I can do something good. I know that. I know who I am and I know what I can do, but I have to work harder to be a great player. I want to be something in this league. That’s why I’m here. I’m going to have some bad nights sometimes. Everyone has a bad night, but I’m going to try to have a lot of great and good nights.’”

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  • spit hot fiyah

    nice to hear he feels some remorse, i can’t think of many b!&Ch mooves bigger than punching some in the nuts from the blind side

  • Ryan

    That was the most pathetic thing I’ve ever seen in a basketball game.

  • Mike From Spain

    I was outraged when I saw it live, but it’s cool now that he’s shown a bit of remorse. Now, what does Navarro say?

  • pposse

    carmellos sucker punch on collins was the most pathetic thing i seen

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Verified Account

    it was a bit funny tho,, gotta admit that

  • Junior Taylor

    I’m betting that any player from Spain will think twice about flopping around Batum.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    obviously you guys have never seen what Kermit Washington did to Rudy Tomjanovich.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    I mean that really was a bitcth move…but lets be honest..Spain absolutley had it coming. There were multiple times I remember that Spain blatently flopped from that game

  • pposse

    oh yah i almost forgot about that one..thats more than pathetic tho..that was just sad

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk


  • Max

    I was laughing like crazy when it happened lol.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ Nick Tha Quick

    I will see your Kermit Washington and raise you a Reggie Evans. Chris Kaman has yet to uncross his legs.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Kermit Washington ended Tomjanovich’s career with that punch. That was by far the worst, cheapest, dirtiest, shot ever. It’s not even close.

  • buppie

    Batum is a creep. Period.

  • Kevin

    Eh that’s Rudy T’s fault. You dont run up a dude from behind in the middle of a fight and dont expect to get your chin checked.

  • LakeShow

    That’s a hilarious video. Rudy isn’t expecting it whatsoever. BOOM, flat on the ground.

  • LakeShow

    Probably not. People don’t learn through physical pain like a dog or another animal does. It takes some serious introspection on the human level.
    I doubt that the Spaniards are going to stop the flop because JCN got socked in the nuts once, but it would be cool if they did!

  • Nicolas Batum

    yo bro, im so srry i sucka punched u n da nuts and kinda threatened ur ability to procreate. i didn’t mean dat sh*t. i feel turrible about it. can i buy you chai latte? maybe make it up to u?


  • monster_nw8

    go go gadget nut punch!!

  • http://twitter.com/RealChillDude Stromile Swift

    As it had been said and seen plenty of times. Rudy ran up on Kermit, and the rest is history

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Rudy did not run up like he was going to attack Kermit. He wasn’t even looking at Kermit until the last second. If he was running at Washington, he would have had his hands up sooner, and would have slowed down sooner. The punch was dirty. Plain and Simple. As Kermit Washington said, “it was a mistake in judgement” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgqUZ1IAA_8&list=LPK7Y-OxK61aE&index=1&feature=plcp

  • Kevin

    It wasnt dirty, the punch was just a reflex reaction to a stranger running up behind him in the middle of a brawl.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    he didn’t run up behind him. Washington saw him coming, had time to brace himself and take a step forward into the punch. If Washington admits it was a mistake in judgement, why the hell do you think your opinion is more accurate? lol, it was dirty. If the guy who performed the act thinks so, you should to.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    and it wasn’t a brawl. there weren’t fights all over the court. there was one fight in the middle. the fight tomjanovich is obviously running up on, presumably to break up, considering he is not running with his hands up or his fists clenched.

  • Kevin

    Of course Washington is gonna say it’s dirty. You really think he’s gonna say anything otherwise? I saw the video, all I saw was dude turn and swing blindly at a guy in a red jersey. Was it bad? Yeah. But was it dirty? Nah not at all lift up the skirt b

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    It was dirty. You don’t agree. Everyone else who has ever seen it does. My skirt has nothing to do with this.

  • LakeShow

    I’ve already gone over this stuff with lil Kevin here. He thinks it’s best to throw punches and shoot entire clips at people before thinking in any sort of rational fashion.
    To each their own… I guess…..

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  • nonsensepoopiepants

    I see your Reggie Evans and raise you a Nenad Krstic throwing a chair and all.