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Does Liz Cambage have a husband? Sparks ‘contract divorce’ explained

Bruno Cooke July 26, 2022
Does Liz Cambage have a husband? Sparks ‘contract divorce’ explained
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The “marriage” between Liz Cambage and the Los Angeles Sparks has come to an end just five months after she first signed with the team, according to Bleacher Report – does she have a husband in the more literal sense of the word?

“It is with support that we share Liz Cambage’s decision to terminate her contract with the organisation,” Sparks managing partner Eric Holoman announced via a press release on the team’s website

“We want what’s best for Liz and have agreed to part ways amicably. The Sparks remain excited about our core group and are focused on our run towards a 2022 playoff berth.”

Is Liz Cambage married as some websites claim? What do we know about her life outside of basketball?

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Liz Cambage’s ‘marriage’ to Los Angeles Sparks comes to an end via ‘contract divorce’

The language the Los Angeles Sparks WNBA team has used in its announcement today may have caused some confusion.

The team agreed to a “contract divorce”, thus ending the “marriage” binding them and Liz Cambage.

They originally signed her on 15 February 2022 as a free agent. She held averages of 13 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in 25 games this season, the press release adds.

But the term “contract divorce”, along with Bleacher Report’s choice of the word “marriage”, may have misled some readers into thinking that Liz Cambage is married in the more traditional sense of the word.

What does it ‘contract divorce’ mean in the present context?

The terms of a contract divorce, according to Swish Appeal, are that the team buys out what remains of the player’s contract.

This can be either at full value of a contract, but is usually a lower number.

It frees the team in question to use the additional space, and means a “sacrifice” for the player divorcing the team.

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Is Liz Cambage married to Rudy Gay?

No. For some reason, there are websites claiming that Liz Cambage is married to Rudy Gay, that they have been married for six years and have one child.

This is false. 

Rudy Gay, an NBA player for the Sacramento Kings, does have a wife. However, her name is Ecko Wray. They married on 3 August 2013, meaning they will celebrate their 10-year anniversary next summer. 

According to his IMDB biography, they have one child together. His Instagram posts, meanwhile, seem to suggest he has two. Rudy Gay is therefore not the husband of Liz Cambage. She previously dated AFL player Alex Lee, but “gave him the flick“. She does not appear to have a husband, at present.

What do we know about her life away from sport?

Liz Cambage (full name: Elizabeth Folake Cambage) is an Australian professional basketball player. She currently holds the WNBA single-game scoring record. She scored 53 points against the New York Liberty on 17 July 2018.

But away from WNBA, Cambage has several other feathers to her bow. 

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In early 2021, she became the first professional athlete to partner with Savage X Fenty, joining such figures as Megan Thee Stallion, Rosalía, Lizzo, and Laura Harrier.

Rihanna was apparently an idol of hers when she was growing up in Australia. Cambage is also something of a mental health advocate. 

Around summertime last year, she revealed the extent to which she struggled with her mental health before the Opals’ Olympics campaign, and how the covid-19 pandemic “exacerbated” pre-existing issues.

She has also posed for Playboy

In September 2020, Liz Cambage sat down with Playboy for a lengthy, 20-question interview about her “walkabout of a year” – and the healing power of “not giving a f**k”.

She told the magazine she was proud, among other things, of “surviving”. 

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“The older I get the more testing and trialing I receive. So I’m just proud that I’m still here,” she said, “pushing on, chasing goals, checking things off my bucket list and just living. Even in the hardest years, I have so many blessings coming my way, so I’m grateful for life every day.”

When asked how she thought fans would react to the photoshoot that accompanied the interview, she said she thought people would be “surprised”. 

“We don’t really get a platform to portray the other sides of ourselves. My whole life, I have been told to focus on my sport. But at the end of the day, I’m a human and I’m fighting for things bigger than just my sport.”

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Bruno is a novelist, amateur screenwriter and journalist with interests in digital media, storytelling, film and politics. He’s lived in France, China, Sri Lanka and the Philippines, but returned to the UK for a degree (and because of the pandemic) in 2020. His articles have appeared in Groundviews, Forge Press and The Friday Poem, and most are readable on Medium or onurbicycle.com.