Amer­i­can gets life ban over ‘forged doc­u­ments’

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An Amer­i­can bas­ket­ball player has been banned from South Korea’s do­mes­tic league for life af­ter pros­e­cu­tors said she forged her birth doc­u­ments.

Chelsey Lee, 26, played for Bucheon KEB Hana Bank in the Women’s Korean Bas­ket­ball League (WKBL), whose teams are al­lowed only two for­eign play­ers.

Pros­e­cu­tors were asked to in­ves­ti­gate af­ter the Korean Olympic Com­mit­tee pushed for Lee’s nat­u­ral­i­sa­tion.

The WKBL says Lee will be sus­pended for life and her records an­nulled.

The Mi­ami-born cen­tre won the league’s rookie of the year award in the 2015-16 sea­son af­ter help­ing her team reach the cham­pi­onship se­ries.

How­ever, Lee and her two agents are sus­pected of fab­ri­cat­ing her and her fa­ther’s birth cer­tifi­cates to show she had a South Korean grand­mother.

Bucheon KEB Hana Bank is­sued a pub­lic apol­ogy, vow­ing to take le­gal ac­tion against Lee and her agents.

The club’s owner and head coach will step down.

WKBL com­mis­sioner Shin Sun­woo said the team’s records and rank­ing will be nul­li­fied and the league will scrap the ex­tra quota for in­ter­na­tional play­ers with a Korean par­ent or grand­par­ent.

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