Earvin Ngapeth, star of the France volleyball team, decided to come out of silence more than a year after his arrest in Brazil for an inappropriate gesture on a woman in a nightclub which earned him a night in prison.
Earvin Ngapeth (29) comes out of the silence. The player of the France volleyball team had been silent since his arrest in Brazil in December 2019 for alleged sexual harassment after having an inappropriate attitude towards a woman in a nightclub, where he had gone with his Zenit Kazan club teammates. In an interview with L’Equipe, the star regrets his actions but deplores the treatment of this case.
“When I read, ‘Sexual stalker Ngapeth’, it repelled me”
“The impact in the media was … disproportionate, said the attacker-receiver. What got me drunk and hurt was that I was lent words that I never said. No , I never said that putting a hand on the buttocks of a woman in France, it was allowed or that it was done! This is bullshit, that! So when I read in the newspapers, ‘Ngapeth sexual harasser “, that repelled me. I paid dearly for what happened that evening. The gesture is not beautiful, it is downright inappropriate even. It does not correspond to my education. arrest and custody, I even spent a night in prison, with common rights. I think that was more than enough, just watch the video to form an opinion. In short, let’s move on to something else.”
After this episode, Ngapeth was therefore matured in silence, even after the qualification of the France team for the Olympic Games, won in January 2020. Since then, he has lived through complicated months after being hospitalized after contracting the coronavirus. He also suffered from estrangement with his children, to the point of returning to France against the advice of his club. He had been sanctioned but assumes. He claims to have digested all this and decided to come back to the fore to assume his status as standard bearer of his sport six months from the Tokyo Olympics.
“I am one of the faces of French volleyball and I have to take my place in the media for my discipline, he explains. I had trouble doing it in the past, I ended up accepting it. Even though I have sometimes paid a high price for it. I went through complicated things and felt very tired a year ago. A lot of things have changed in my life since then. I had another one. As a child, music took a greater place in my daily life and there, in Russia, I am more peaceful, less exposed than in Italy or in the French team. “
The player is aiming for the 2024 Olympics in Paris and confides that he is very close to engaging with Modena (Italy) where he has already played between 2014 and 2018. Before that, he will try to win the Champions League with his Russian club.