Spain’s National Team Trashed Their Apartments After Olympic Loss to Team USA

by October 11, 2012
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The Spaniards were understandably devastated following yet another tough loss to the Team USA in the Olympic Gold Medal match this summer in London (they suffered a similar fate back in 2008 at the Beijing Games.) But to trash their apartments following the game? Yikes … Reports the NY Daily News: “Spain’s basketball players have been slammed for ‘trashing their apartments’ following their gold-medal loss in the London Olympics to the U.S. Manager Sergio Scariolo’s team racked up more than $14,400 in damages to their two London 2012 rooms after the 107-100 loss, it was revealed Thursday. The exact nature of the damage has not yet been confirmed, but the Spanish media has condemned the actions as ‘despicable’ and ‘disrespectful.’ And a source within the Spanish Basketball Federation, which has officially denied any knowledge of the vandalism, said: ‘The leaving parties are usually a regular thing when players finish a tournament. After living together for six weeks, preparing and competing, they have it. But it has never led to this.’ Newspaper El Pais said Spain’s Chef de Mission, Cayetano Cornet, confirmed the damage the day after the Aug. 12 game and that the Spanish Olympic Committee paid for the destruction immediately. Dennis Hone, interim chief executive of the London Legacy Development Corporation, who is in charge of developing the Olympic Park in east London, told British newspaper The Guardian it was the only incident of hooliganism he had encountered during the sporting event.”