Bourousis involved in doping scandal (updated)

Greek International (or should we say former International?) player Ioannis Bourousis has been involved in the biggest sporting scandal in the history of the modern Greek state, in a case involving games fixing, doping, money laundry and spying.

But let’s take things from the start. Since last evening the biggest game fixing scandal of Greek football has been unfolding. More than ten persons who were involved in the games fixing have been arrested so far, five more are wanted, while charges will be brought upon another eighty five persons. {jathumbnail off}

The “criminal organisation” as the Greek Police called the group is consisted of Greek top and lower divisions football clubs president and major shareholders, former and active football players (including a current International one), former and current referees and more.

So where does Bourousis come in this case you might wonder? Well, he is dating the sister of Kavala FC president, Stavros Psomiades, who has been arrested and charged with games fixing, while his girlfriend’s father Makis Psomiades (major shareholder of Kavala FC) is also wanted, but is evading arrest, so far.

Stavros Psomiades, handcuffed

The game fixing clique was brought down with the help of Greek Secret Services who intercepted the calls and texts of hundreds of “persons of interest”. One of phone calls included a dialogue between Ioannis Bourousis and Makis Psomiades, which is as following (as written in the official Greek General Prosecutor report).

Bourousis: Good morning, Mr. Makis, how are you?

Psomiades: Good morning. Congrats my boy.

Bourousis: Thank you.

Psomiades: My guys are suffering from the same thing, can’t sleep.

Bourousis: Yes Mr. Makis, I haven’t been getting good sleep.

Psomiades: Yes, same as my guys [obviously talking about Kavala FC players], they can’t sleep.

Bourousis: It’s that much effective Mr. Makis?

Psomiades: Yes, and the more you play, the more effective it gets. Last night we were watching the game [of Olympiacos BC] with Mantzourakis [Kavala FC coach at that time] and the General Manager at Sofitel Hotel and you know what they both told me? “Only Bourousis is playing with passion and is ready to destroy everyone” without knowing anything about it… (laughs)

Bourousis: They don’t have a clue [can’t make out the rest of dialogue]… (laughs)

Psomiades: Everyone are playing one level below you, both Panathinaikos and Olympiacos players. You were playing at least twice harder. After you dunked in the last two minutes Angelopoulos brothers were happily jumping up and down, the cameras zoomed on them.

Bourousis: Yes, those idiots [obviously referring to Angelopoulos brothers] came down to the court [after the game], and tried to talk to me, but I played dumb and avoided them. But Mr. Makis you should know that the “medicine” has run out.

Psomiades: Don’t worry boy, I will get you more. When do you need it?

Bourousis: I need some for the [A1] finals.

Psomiades: So when do you want it?

Bourousis: Mid May.

Psomiades: Are you nuts? Of course I will get some for you by then. I will make some for you boy.

Bourousis: OK Mr. Makis. Can we get together or are you leaving to Kavala?

Psomaides: No, I will come to your place [Bourousis and his girlfriend, Psomiades’ daughter] and watch the game there. I’m not paying a ticket to those bastards [Kavala FC opponents]. I’m going to Kavala in 1-2 days, to pay the guys.

Bourousis: All right, see you.

Psomiades: OK boy, congrats.

Makis Psomiades, AKA Big Mac

Ever since last February there were speculation and rumours regarding Bourousis in the inner circles of Greek basketball due to the one month leave of absence he was given by his coach Dusan Ivkovic, a fact reported by TalkBasket, back then. When asked about it, his coach Dusan Ivkovic blamed Bourousis’ “irregular metabolism”.

In case you are wondering how Bourousis was never caught, the answer is simple. Greek A1 is virtually an anti-doping test free league since late 2010 and early 2011 as the anti-doping agency and their agents are on strike, because ESAKE, which organises A1 league, owed them 35.000 euros. Ever since there hasn’t been any tests after the games but only on the new foreign players when they are first signed, because the clubs pay for those tests themselves.

Important update: The prosecutor has brought criminal charges against Bourousis for breaking the doping law. The player will also be called for questioning to determine what he meant by “medicine” in the phone conversation.

Bourousis and Christina Psomiadi

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  • Aasdadas

    bullshit

    • Tarx_12

      bourousis took anabols because he cant play against mike batiste. sorry giannis but you are poor player

      • dashgS

        yeah right batiste plays the way he plays thanks to “vitamins” beeeeeeeeeeeeee pou leme kai sto Ellada

        • Andreas Christophorou

          Olympiakos fans waited from the reporters to say that a Panathinaikos player is doped to help them make their probaganda about losing for any other reason but the main one. They are not the better team.

  • Georgedoulk

    Sad but true. The whole thing is so serious that probably next year no profesional football league in Greece.
    He happened to date the daughter of one of the criminal masterminds of Greek football!

  • Theo

    Funny thing is that although he was under the influence of drugs Mike Batiste was still a lot better and Panathinaikos won this year’s League!
    It’s really sad though for a player of calibre and this talent to mess up his carreer, the love of the fans and his family… Good luck playing for the NBA Johnnie.. I’m a fan of Panathinaikos, but i appreciated the player Bourousis (his character was a bit off too)..

  • Jack

    Theo is not just a fan of panathinaikos, he is also a blind one. Despite the overall and the individual at the guard-forward position superiority of Panathinaikos BC, mike batiste was no match to bourousis and especially not at the finals. Batiste did come up with some nice scoring and rebounding at a couple of games but Bourousis was the heart and soul of Olympiakos team(or at least the drugs were). He single handedly kept olympiakos in the race of pursuing the championship.He is the greatest center in all of the european leagues (regardless of his use of drugs) and Mike Batiste though very worthy and likeable as a guy has left his best days behind him.even comparing him to Ioannis is a very far strech. Congratulations to panathinaikos for another very solid perdomance throughout the year, my condolences to mike for being easily outplayed by the greatest center of europe. I hope Ioannis has a fresh start in the Nba where he can really prove his worth.

    • Andreas Christophorou

      well you said it yourself. mike in his 33s is matching up well with Centers that are on their prime.

      plus evreytime he doesn’t played well Panathinaikos had a major problem.

      Boyrousis was the heart and soul of olympiakos because he was THE ONLY CENTER in the finals and until the Siena sereies he had a very good player to support him in Nesterovic.

      So is not aboyt blindness or something. Is about having Batist in critical situations help
      Panathinaikos prevail and have Bourousis in critical situations just filling the stat shit and having DUMB plays down the strech.

      Even on his best year as a pro. The same old story. And i don’t even taking about drugs.

    • Theo

      You don’t know what you’re talking about… Take a look at the stats of Batiste in the final series vs Olympiakos.. The thing is a doped Bourousis in his prime couldn’t successfully defend a 34yo Mike Batiste.. Did you watch the games ? :-/

  • Dkalamata

    malakes aggelopouloi…..sikothite kai fugete

  • Giorgos

    Since this was proven to all be false, and Bourousis passed 2 different WADA tests immediately after this and was 100% cleared of all these nonsense allegations….you would think this site would update this article saying that.

    What kind of right does this site have to leave this article on here like this?

    Bourousis should sue this website.