Liz Cambage's bombshell move after Olympics investigation
It's a move she's joked about before, but Australian basketball star Liz Cambage has stunned fans by joining adult subscription site OnlyFans.
Cambage joins a number of Australian athletes, most notably former Supercars driver Renee Gracie, in joining the platform.
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Australian surfer Ellie-Jean Campbell also uses the platform, with Cambage making her first post on the site last week, as well as including a link on her personal website.
The 30-year-old has spoken candidly in the past about 'celebrating my sexuality', having done photoshoots for Playboy and ESPN's 'Body Issue' in recent years.
As recently as April this year, Cambage joked about joining the platform while on an Instagram Live interview with prominent NBA trainer Chris Johnson.
“The amount of money I could be making off OnlyFans is crazy,” she quipped.
“It would need to be called something else though.
“If I was going to do something like that, like sell members only content, I’d build my own base. Why not?”
Speaking after posing for Playboy in September last year, Cambage said it had always been somewhat of a struggle to embrace her body in a world that largely expected her to just play basketball and little else.
She said it was important to acknowledge that sex and sexuality was a normal part of human life.
“I’ve never embraced my sexuality in public,” Cambage said.
“Me doing Playboy is me celebrating my sexuality like, ‘Yeah, I am a straight six-foot-eight (203cm) woman who likes to have sex’. I’m a human; it’s what we do.
“As a female athlete, I feel like I’m not allowed to be sexy and I’m not allowed to be that person. All society wants from me is to sit down, shut up, go to training and play my sport.”
She also spoke after posing nude, alongside several other male and female athletes representing other sports, for ESPN's 'Body Issue'.
“People saw it as a very sexual thing, but to me, my body is powerful. We bring life into this world with our bodies yet we cover them up, when we’re such powerful beings,” Cambage said.
“I’m so proud of my skin. I’m so proud of my six-foot-eight body and everything I can do with it.
“Nudity has never really been a sexual thing to me. It’s always just been who I am and the skin I was in.”
Liz Cambage's OnlyFans move comes weeks after Basketball Australia reprimand
Cambage's move to OnlyFans comes just weeks after she escaped a fine or suspension despite an independent review finding the Opals and WNBA star engaged in conduct that brought Basketball Australia into censure.
The independent panel issued Cambage with a formal reprimand for the matter which arose from an on-court incident in an Olympic warm-up match against Nigeria in Las Vegas.
A Basketball Australia investigation prompted the independent review.
After a hearing held earlier in November, the panel found her guilty of one charge but dismissed charges in relation to three other alleged incidents, Basketball Australia (BA) announced.
It said neither BA nor Cambage intends to appeal the decision.
Cambage pulled out of Australia's Tokyo campaign in the days after the Nigeria practice match due to mental health concerns, revealing she'd been having panic attacks about going into the Games bubble.
The low-grade penalty means the 30-year-old is eligible to feature in next year's FIBA Women's World Cup in Sydney next September.
The World No.2-ranked Opals struggled after Cambage's late withdrawal as they were bounced out at the quarter-final stage in Tokyo.
"The panel, after examination of the evidence before it, determined that Elizabeth Cambage did engage in conduct that brought Basketball Australia into censure in relation to one of the incidents charged," the Basketball Australia statement read.
Cambage, who also works as a DJ, completed the WNBA season with the Las Vegas Aces after the Olympics.
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