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Thon Maker Releases Statement On His Three-Game Ban From FIBA

"I tried to break-up a conflict."

Thon Maker Releases Statement On His Three-Game Ban From FIBA Image: AAP/Twitter

Thon Maker has released a statement disagreeing with his three-game sanction from FIBA.

The basketball association banned him for three games for his involvement in the wild brawl between the Australian and Philippines basketball sides during their World Cup qualifier.

Maker said his sole intention was to break up a conflict out of pure necessity to protect his teammates.

"While remaining respectful of FIBA as a governing body for basketball with a duty to protect the integrity and sanctity of our game, I disagree with their decision to sanction me for 3 games," he wrote on Twitter.

"I tried to break-up a conflict, but without security things quickly devolved into a very dangerous situation where I needed to act to protect my teammates and myself from imminent harm."

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Shane Heal also wasn't happy with Australia's sanctions when asked on Triple M's Rush Hour with JB and Billy.

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