Last week Latvian sports media were shaken with an announcement from a Latvian Basketball Union (LBU). Namely, after a disappointing start in European Championships (team did not qualify for the 2nd round, 1W-2L) and when everyone expected sacking of the head coach, the LBU held a council meeting and after 5 hours issued the following sentence.
A.Biedrins to be conditionally disqualified from the National Team of Latvia for a term of 1 year. Another 4 starting players were disqualified along with him (terms and conditions differ).
What this means is - if AB joins the team for a training camp (qualifying tournament is starting next year), and "demonstrates unprofessional conduct" he shall be asked to leave the team.
Why was the decision carried out? Apparently he, along with 4 other players were "living it up" during the training camp, rather than focusing his energy on helping the team become better, and ultimately win a game or two more than the team managed in the Eurobasket...
If you wish, I can supply with details as to the rumored unsportsmanslike conducts that took place during the training camp. Of course, there hasn't been an official statement from AB. Which is why I decided to post this and sort of degrade his image a bit overseas. Hopefully, a US journalist will ask him what happened and how does AB feel about this, because apparently he refused a comment to Latvian media.