Basketball | Roca Team confirms the temporary suspension of Élie Okobo

AS Monaco Basket has confirmed that one of its leading talents, the 26-year-old shooting guard Élie Okobo, has been temporarily suspended from the team.

According to representatives for the league-topping Roca Team, Bordeaux native Okobo, who is a key player for the Monaco side, has been temporarily suspended following a “violation of the Club’s internal rules”. 

“As a result, Élie Okobo is currently away from all activities linking him to the AS Monaco Basket entity,” reads the communiqué, which was released by AS Monaco Basket on Saturday 6th January.

No reason or further details were provided in the press release, however, the French website has suggested that an altercation with another AS Monaco Basket player following the game against Olympiacos Piraeus on Thursday 4th January may be the cause. 

That away game in the Greek city of Piraeus saw the Roca Team lose by just two points: 75-73. The defeat puts AS Monaco Basket eighth in the EuroLeague standings.  

The news is better in the domestic French league, the Betclic Elite, which is currently being led by the Monegasque side thanks to the team’s impressive 94.1% success rate. Of the 17 matches played this season, the Roca Team has lost just one.  

AS Monaco Basket next face Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz in the EuroLeague on Tuesday 9th January. It will be played at home in the Salle Gaston Médecin.  

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