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That wasn’t DMX you heard crooning from the Australian Men’s basketball locker room. No, that was Australian center Aron Baynes (probably) reciting X‘s “Slippin” lyrics after a bathroom spill knocked him from the Olympics:
“Ay yo I’m slippin’ I’m fallin’ I can’t get up
Ay yo I’m slippin’ I’m fallin’ I gots to get up
Get me back on my feet so I can tear shit up”
After injuring his neck during on-court action, Baynes made his way to the locker room for further evaluation. A quick stop in the loo resulted in an untimely slip and further injury, knocking Banes out for the remainder of the Tokyo Olympics.
Aron Baynes is out of the Olympics – The Boomers big man hurt his neck on court, and then slipped over in the bathroom. Massive shame for team and player, Baynes has been a key Boomer for a long time. #Tokyo2020
— Drew Jones (@DrewJonesFOX) July 30, 2021
Dr. David Hughes, the chief medical officer for the Australians, explained to reporters that the Baynes injury was far from ordinary: “It was a complicated series of events,” said Hughes. “He did suffer an injury during the match on the court, and then he had a slip in the bathroom and suffered further injury.”
“It became apparent to the medical staff that this was a bit more serious than just an average injury and so as a precaution he was taken to hospital and he’s undergoing further tests at the moment,” said Hughes.
The 34-year old Raptors center is expected to make a full recovery, though it should take a few weeks. “I, along with the rest of the team, have been working so hard in our quest for a historic Olympic medal and I am gutted that I can’t complete the journey with the boys. But I have every confidence that they will get the job done,” Baynes told reporters.
Despite the loss of Baynes, the Aussies still found a way to be “bouncin’ again, bounce-bouncin’ again.” After handling Germany Saturday morning, the Boomers are now a perfect 3-0 in Olympic pool play.