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France forward Nicolas Batum punched Spain guard Juan Carlos Navarro in the groin with 23 seconds left in Spain's 66-59 win during quarterfinal play in the men's basketball tournament at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
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Moments earlier, with Spain leading by five, less than 30 seconds left on the clock and France needing to foul to extend the game, France center Ronny Turiaf delivered a hard foul to Spain swingman Rudy Fernandez, knocking him out of bounds. While the contact was solid, Fernandez did appear to accentuate its effects a bit, writhing in agony on the sideline until well after Turiaf, who fouled out on the play, exited the floor. The officials deemed Turiaf's hit an "unsportsmanlike foul," granting Spain two free throws — as Fernandez laid on the ground with an ice pack on his lower back, teammate Jose Calderon hit one of two from the line — and possession of the ball.
After the free throws and a Spanish timeout, France once again needed to foul, and this time, there was no question about Batum's intent, as he raced toward Navarro, cocked back his right fist and hauled off. Charitable sorts might have given Batum the benefit of the doubt by suggesting that he was trying to dislodge the basketball, which Navarro held below his waist, but the closed fist and the look on Batum's face told a different tale — one he backed up when asked about the play after the game.
"I wanted to give him a good reason to flop," Batum told Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski.
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