Rudy Gobert hits out after dope test
French star Rudy Gobert accused basketball’s governing body FIBA of showing “no respect” on Monday after he said he was woken up for a doping test at the World Cup in China just hours after a match.
The Utah Jazz centre made plain his anger in a tweet, writing: “Got woke up this morning for a doping control (BLOOD and urine), the morning after a late game when I could sleep more.
“No respect for the player’s recovery time. Terrible way of doing things @FIBA.”
The towering two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year and his French side squeezed through 78-74 against Germany on Sunday evening in their tournament opener.
Gobert, 27, had a game-leading five blocks to help the French make a winning start in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen.
Gobert, who stands an imposing 7ft 1in (2.16-metre), has taken over the mantle of France’s leading star from the now-retired Tony Parker.
FIBA did not immediately respond to an AFP request for comment.