Basketball Australia asks club to probe offensive photos

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Basketball Australia has ordered a Melbourne club to investigate allegations of racism that surfaced when Liz Cambage took to social media to identify a national squad teammate who posed for photos with brown paint on her face in an end-of-season celebration.

Australian Opals forward Alice Kunek posted the picture of herself in costume on Instagram on Sunday, and Cambage used Twitter posts to highlight the image, saying she was ''shocked and disturbed to see this behavior from someone I'm meant to call a `teammate.'''

Cambage, a former WNBA center who is now playing in China, said ''blackface is disgusting, I honestly have no words.''

Blackface was common in old American minstrel shows featuring white performers as stereotyped black characters.

Cambage added: ''People wonder why I have issues with some (at)BasketballAus teammates, I've been dealing with these behavior since we were kids.''

Kunek deleted the photo and issued an apology saying she hadn't intended it to be offensive.

Basketball Australia said it had asked Kunek's club, Melbourne Boomers, to investigate and declined further comment.

The 24-year-old Cambage is in contention for Australia's 2016 Olympic squad after being sidelined by selectors for a qualifying series because she skipped a training camp to attend a music festival.