A Spanish court is investigating the alleged use of false passports by two American basketball players. Both players allegedly used false passports issued by Equatorial Guinea in order to give their respective teams the ability to add another non-European player to its respective rosters. Due to a competition rule which allows players from African, Caribbean and Pacific countries to count as Europeans, both sides then freed up one additional spot. The players in question are Marcus Slaughter and Andy Panko, who respectively played for Real Madrid and Fuenlabrada last season.
Marcus Slaughter Rumors
Marcus Slaughter on getting waived by the Heat at the end of training camp: “You work so hard for something and then you get a phone call where you’re told they don’t need your services and, well, it hurts. Especially when you’re young, you don’t know how to take it. The No. 1 feeling is disappointment, then failure and then just embarrassment. You don’t want to be seen, you don’t want to be outside. I remember when I got the phone call at 4 or 5 in the evening. It was a very brief conversation with Pat Riley. Two minutes. I bought a flight out the next morning because I didn’t want to stay there no more. I just wanted to leave and go back to family and comfort.”
Slaughter: “You understand it’s a business and you don’t trust the system anymore. In my situation, they were investing more money in the development of another player… even though that player didn’t play better. It wasn’t about talent anymore and it kind of opens your eyes. The politics in basketball… I just didn’t like it.”
27 Oct 15