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Israeli basketball player suspended for calling opponent a ‘Nazi’

Dec 4, 2012, 12:09 PM EDT

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There are several unsettling things about this story, among them the fact that I can’t say the name Guy Pnini without getting hungry. But anyway, the Israeli basketball forward who plays for Maccabi Electra is in a bit of trouble today after some unfortunate trash talking on Sunday during a game with Hapoel Tel Aviv.

Pnini was caught on camera calling Hapoel Tel Aviv player Jonathan Skjoldebrand a Nazi, among other things.

The incident was captured during a trash-talk exchange in Sunday’s derby at Nokia Arena, with Pnini also telling Skjoldebrand that he hopes he gets cancer and that his father will die.

Nice. For his efforts, Pnini was stripped of his captaincy and assessed a 100,000 NIS fine. If it were up to me, he would also face further removal of vowels from his last name. Come on Pnini, surely an Israeli must know even better than most of us the weight of the term ‘Nazi’, and how that word shouldn’t be wielded in something as trivial as a basketball game.

H/T SportsbyBrooks.