A cult hero from Australia’s Olympics campaign has been outed in brutal fashion after he was mysteriously made “ineligible” to play.
Boomers cult hero Matisse Thybulle has been made ineligible to play for the 76ers as a result of his failure to be vaccinated.
The Philadelphia star emerged as a fan favourite from the Boomers’ bronze medal-winning campaign at the Tokyo Olympics last year.
Now, fans are having a very different reaction to his latest news.
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Thybulle was listed by the 76ers as “ineligible to play” ahead of the team’s game against the Raptors in Toronto on Friday (AEST).
It has now been revealed that Thybulle is unable to play any games in Canada as a result of the Covid-19 protocols in place.
Canada in December scrapped the special treatment it had been giving to unvaccinated professional athletes — making it mandatory for all players to be vaccinated.
The NBA also adjusted its policy, requiring all players to be fully vaccinated in order to play across the border.
That policy shift means Thybulle is classified as being responsible for being unable to play. As a result, he reportedly faces a $31,000 fine.
His vaccination status potentially has more serious ramifications for himself and his team.
The way the Eastern Conference standings currently sit, the Sixers and Raptors will play each other in the opening round of the play-offs — making Thybulle ineligible for at least three games.
It is a big loss for the Sixers. Thybulle was last season selected on the NBA All-Defensive second team.
Thybulle’s scrapping, high intensity defence has made him one of the most popular players on the Sixers roster.
Maybe not any more.
The 25-year-old holds dual citizenship with Australia and the United States.
He played his first game for Australia in July, just a few weeks before the Tokyo Olympics.
After he was born in Scottsdale, Arizona, the Thybulle family moved to Sydney when Matisse was two years old, before returning to the United States in 2005.
Originally published as Boomers NBA star Matisse Thybulle’s shock vax revelation