On September 21, he signed in Saint Petersburg; on October 2, he made his Zenith debut; on the 10th, Heurtel reacted sharply to the comments surrounding his decision to evolve under the Russian flag – synonymous with exclusion from the French team. And the least we can say is that the French international does not mince words on his Instagram account!
“Just so you know, to all the people who message me or write comments criticizing me for my decision to come to Russia, or any other decision in general, please know that I don’t give a damn; so Don’t be silly and stop wasting your time. And, please, above all: buy yourself a life!! Thank you in advance.”
So much for the scathing missive – in full, corrected for the two existing accent errors, the grammatical one on the negation and a last conjugation – posted this Monday evening on social networks by the player. This is Thomas Heurtel’s first response following his choice to go into exile on Russian soil and, thus, deprive himself of the Blues of which he is the leader.
? Thomas Heurtel has signed up for two seasons with Zénit St-Petersburg!
? Which should deprive him of the Blues … https://t.co/NmxdMgPHTP
— NBAextra (@NBAextra) September 21, 2022
As a reminder, this summer on July 28, each member of the France group initialed, on honor, a certificate “indicating that he was not engaged and that he did not plan to join a Russian club or Belarusian”, according to desired of the French Basketball Federation (FFBB). Clearly, the federal office has decided that French basketball players under the Russian or Belarusian banner will no longer be selectable until the end of the invasion of Ukraine.
Too bad, even damaging, for one of the executives of coach Vincent Collet, reigning Olympic vice-champions and fresh silver medalists at the European Championship in Germany (beaten by Spain).
Not close to being a hundred years old!
Player with 99 caps at 33, the Biterrois (1m89-90kg) who made Real Madrid happy last season, is thus not ready to celebrate his 100e selection. While two events point the tip of their nose: Worlds-2023 in Asia and, of course, JO-2024 in Paris.
Apart from Thomas Heurtel, two other Frenchmen are currently playing in the Russian championship: Louis Labeyrie (33 caps) in Kazan and Livio Jean-Charles (4 caps) at CSKA Moscow; they too can no longer claim new calls in Blue as notified by the FFBB.
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