Thomas Heurtel in the French team, “it’s over” announces Jean-Pierre Siutat

Apparent curtain pull on a piece of the history of the France team. Tuesday, interviewed by The Team, Jean-Pierre Siutat slammed the door in Thomas Heurtel’s face. For the president of the FFBB, the collaboration between the 33-year-old leader and the French team is “finished”.

A fuzzy affair drastically clarified, with a discreet release in the media, more than a month after the signing of Thomas Heurtel at the Zénith Saint-Petersburg.

To participate in EuroBasket 2022, the leader had sworn not to sign a contract with a Russian club. A principle of solidarity with Ukraine which is explained well beyond the athlete, between lines that will not be ours. In response to this stroke of ink at the bottom of the contract experienced as a betrayal, Jean-Pierre Siutatpresident of the French Basketball Federation, spoke on Tuesday in the columns of The Team.

« Cconcerning Thomas, to whom things had been clearly presented, he did not respect his commitment. To date, for me, I consider that there will be no more [en équipe de France, ndlr]. It’s over – Jean-Pierre Siutat, on the Thomas Heurtel case

A statement not frankly ” around in circles “, at the beginning of November, a bit in the middle of nowhere, almost two months after the EuroBasket. We didn’t expect to get up on Tuesday morning other than with the highlights NBA of the night. Less relaxed than us, the president of the FFBB went up to the attic to deposit nine years of Thomas Heurtel in the French team. He made the trip in several round trips, just to put it away with his gold medal at the EuroBasket 2013, his bronze medal at the 2014 World Cup, his silver medal at the 2021 Olympic Games and finally, this last round silver collected at EuroBasket 2022.

For the former from Pau, Strasbourg, Alicante, Baskonia, Istanbul, BarcelonaVilleurbanne and Madridthe time has come to leave your blue shorts in the locker room.



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