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Spain basketball team destroy Olympic Village apartments after loss to Team USA

LeBron James dunking it hard on Spain basketball during the 2012 London Olympics

The Spain basketball team apparently hated losing for the second straight Olympics to Team USA in a relatively close manner. Considering all of the tension and drama of the gold medal basketball games, sometimes you just need a release of your emotions. Unfortunately for the furniture in the team’s Olympic Village apartments, it was those inanimate objects that Pau Gasol, Marc Gasol, and the rest of the Spanish basketball team took it out on. Presumably, they all imagined it was LeBron James’ face. From the New York 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.

Boys will be boys in any country in the world. Fist bump, bro.

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