US participant for Polish ladies’s basketball crew left with injured eye socket

Mikayla Cowling

FILE – California guard Mikayla Cowling (3) drives to the ring towards Virginia guard Brianna Tinsley (1) and Lisa Jablonowski (14) through the first half of a first-round sport within the NCAA ladies’s school basketball match March 16, 2018, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Picture/Sean Rayford, File)

WARSAW, Poland — An American basketball participant with an expert Polish ladies’s membership was overwhelmed and left with a head harm midweek with the attacker later detained, in accordance with officers and experiences in Polish media on Sunday.

Mikayla Cowling, who performs for VBW Arka Gdynia, was attacked late Wednesday in a music membership in Gdansk, a metropolis in northern Poland, in accordance with the RMF FM broadcaster, which additionally quoted the membership saying the “brutal beating” left her with a fractured eye socket, amongst different accidents.

Gdansk is a neighboring metropolis to Gdynia on the Baltic coast.

“I’m outraged that such a shameful state of affairs has occurred. Violence and aggression are unacceptable and have to be opposed,” Gdynia Mayor Wojciech Szczurek mentioned Sunday on X, the platform previously often known as Twitter. “Luckily, the police rapidly caught the attacker. We want the participant good well being!”

The assault occurred after a EuroCup ladies’s match the place the Gdynia crew defeated rivals from Switzerland, BCF Elfic Fribourg, 77-47. Cowling, who performed her school basketball at Cal, scored 7 factors.

The president of the Gdynia membership, Boguslaw Witkowski, mentioned in an interview with the Polish state information company PAP that the participant was attacked close to the ladies’s restroom by a safety guard.

Cowling, 27, was hit a number of occasions on the top, and when she fell, she was additionally kicked. Probably the most severe harm was to her face and the athlete has a fractured orbital bone, he mentioned. He added that she is at house beneath statement and could have extra exams subsequent week.

PAP additionally quoted a police spokesperson who mentioned the attacker, a 48-year-old man, was arrested on Friday.

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