Player who injured Borisa Simanic responds: 'I'm not a dirty player'

2023-08-31 19:13

Nuni Omot, who injured Simanic, apologized for the incident and sent wishes to the player. In his defense, Omot told the media that he never intended the episode to end up in such a way and that is not a dirty player.


The Serbian national team lost a player from the rotation Wednesday night after the game against South Sudan, as Borisa Simanic will not continue playing in the 2023 FIBA World Cup. The player who injured the Serbian forward has now responded to the news.

During the game, Simanic received a blow to the kidney area with just under two minutes remaining and could not continue the match. After leaving the game, Simanic was sent to a hospital in Manila, where he underwent surgery during the night.

Simanic was heavily bleeding, head coach Svetislav Pesic said.

After Thursday's game against the Philippines, the player who injured Simanic - Nuni Omot - was asked about the incident.

"I heard that he ended up going to the hospital. My apologies, I didn't mean to make no type of a dirty play. I hope you have a speedy recovery. I pray for you, you'll be in my prayers," he said.

"I'm not a dirty player, I've never been a dirty player," Omot continued. "From the bottom of my heart, I sincerely apologize to everyone that's watching and to the player especially."

The Serbian national team will continue the tournament with 11 healthy players. They will play against Italy in the first match of the Second Round on Friday.

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