Former Tennessee All-American Chris Lofton failed his physical in Madrid on Monday and has been released from what would have been the richest contract of his professional career playing in Spain's ACB League
"Chris has been diagnosed with back inflammation and is returning to Knoxville (today),'' said Jared Karnes, Lofton's agent with the Allegiant Athletics Agency (a3). "Twenty-four hours after Chris signed (on Aug. 23), we learned his back symptoms were potentially problematic and left the terms of the agreement to the discretion of the club.
"The club (Asefa Estudiantes) flew Chris to Madrid, where he was sent to a specialist who determined it would be best for the team to release him so he could begin a 30-day rehabilitation stint back in the U.S.''
Karnes said Lofton's recovery is expected to take 60 days, after which the SEC's all-time leading 3-point shooter will return to the free-agent market.
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