“What the F**k??”: Raging Victor Wembanyama Exposes Basketball Association Over Bizarre ‘Fake Interview’ Shocker

Published 02/23/2023, 3:45 PM EST

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Only once in a generation does a superstar prospect like LeBron James takes center stage in the NBA draft. However, it appears the NBA has seemingly found its next ‘chosen one’ in the upcoming NBA draft. Over the past few years, French phenom Victor Wembanyama has emerged as one of the most hyped-up prospects in NBA history. In fact, many fans believe the bottom teams in the league are in a ‘tank’ race to come on top in the Victor Wembanyama sweepstakes. Needless to say, the 7’5” wonderkid has taken the NBA world by storm and has already become a household name.

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However, amid all the frenzy leading up to the 2023 NBA draft, a major blunder occurred at the hands of the International Federation of Basketball (FIBA). FIBA recently released a supposed interview of Victor Wembanyama on their website. However, it turned out that the interview was completely fake. Furthermore, the NBA world was left in shambles when Wembanyama himself exposed the interview.

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Victor Wembanyama reacts to fake interview

Recently, the global basketball association, FIBA, released a supposed interview with Victor Wembanyama on its website. Needless to say, amid all the frenzy and hype, who would not want to benefit from using the 19-year-old’s name? However, unbeknown to them, it turned out that the interview they received was not real and was completely fake.

Reportedly, FIBA received the interview from a long-time French correspondent. Consequently, little to no oversight was assumed due to their trust in the reporter. But this cost them big time; instead of driving traffic to their cause, they ended up in the middle of a disaster. 

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It all came crashing down when Victor Wembanyama himself took to his Instagram handle and exposed the interview by the federation. On his IG stories, he wrote, “4 days ago, @fiba published a fake interview of me WTF???”. Soon after, FIBA took immediate action and issued a public apology to the teenager. 

Interestingly, Wembanyama recently gave a real interview with Sports Illustrated.

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FIBA wasted no time rectifying their blunder and clarifying the matter. They took to all their social media handles and issued a very public apology to the French prospect. 

 

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They wrote, “After doubts were expressed by the player regarding the interview, which was provided to FIBA by a long-time French contributor, the veracity of the interview could not be confirmed. FIBA has without delay removed the article and all related social media posts, and has immediately terminated the relationship with the freelance reporter. FIBA apologizes to Victor and the French team and wishes them all the best in the forthcoming #FIBAWC qualifiers.”

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What are your thoughts on the whole fiasco? Let us know in the comments below. 

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K Shrijith

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K Shrijith is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his BBA degree, Shrijith has a keen interest in the world of finance. In fact, he has past experience in equity research and writing research reports on the subject of finance.
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