Cambage to 'Step Away' From WNBA Following Sparks Departure

Cambage to 'Step Away' From WNBA Following Sparks Departure
Los Angeles Sparks player Liz Cambage arrives at the Red Carpet for the 2022 ESPY at Dolby Theater in Los Angeles on July 20, 2022. (Gary A. Vasquez/USA TODAY Sports via Reuters)

LOS ANGELES—Four-time WNBA All-Star Liz Cambage is taking a step back from the league "for the time being" and wished her departure from the Los Angeles Sparks last month had ended on a different note.

"I've decided to step away from the league for the time being and I'm hopeful that the WNBA will do their part in creating safer environments and a stronger support system for their players," Cambage wrote in an Instagram post on Monday.

"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 towering Australian joined the Sparks in the last offseason and averaged 13 points and 6.4 rebounds in 25 games this term.

The team hit a skid following her departure on July 26 and failed to make the playoffs, which begin on Wednesday.

"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," she said.

"I'm sorry to have left abruptly and I wish it would have ended on a different note."

In May, former Australia captain Jenna O'Hea said a Cambage jibe about Nigeria being a third world country led to a brawl at a pre-Olympic warm up game in Las Vegas last year.

Cambage, who was born in London to an Australian mother and Nigerian father, subsequently pulled out of the Australia squad for the Tokyo Olympics citing mental health issues and was later formally reprimanded by Basketball Australia over the incident.

Cambage has acknowledged "there was a physical altercation and there were words exchanged" in the game against Nigeria.

By Rory Carroll