6'6'' European champion was beaten to unconsciousness in Russia. Video
Nikita Shabalkin, the 2007 European champion of the Russian national basketball team, was beaten up in the village of Golikovo in the Golden Domes microdistrict near Moscow. The 6'6'' forward suffered a brief loss of consciousness due to his injuries.
According to the Mash telegram channel, 36-year-old Shabalkin was hospitalized with a closed craniocerebral injury. As the ex-basketball player said himself, the assaulters attacked him near the car wash.
There are two versions of the incident in the Russian press. According to one, Shabalkin got into a fight with his acquaintance, 37-year-old Spartak Babayan, the owner of the local car wash.
According to another version, the attackers were the laborers hired by him. The conflict arose because of the alleged non-payment of the improvement of the athlete's house. The Russian was dissatisfied with the quality. First, he expressed his disgust on the phone and then came to the site. He then hit one of the builders, which led to a concussion. He then swang at the others, broke a glass table and cut his hand.
A short video of Shabalkin calling himself an ambulance over the phone was published online.
This is not the first scandalous case with the BC Khimki legend. Shabalkin had a traffic conflict in Moscow at the end of March 2021 when he tried to cross the road in an inappropriate place while intoxicated. One of the passing cab drivers shouted at the offender. In response, Shabalkin attacked the car, hitting it with his foot. After that, the driver drove, dragging the drunk player a few meters on the hood.