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Heart issue forces center Boumtje-Boumtje to retire


Posted Nov 3 2011 6:21AM

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- Former Portland Trail Blazers center Ruben Boumtje-Boumtje is retiring immediately because of a heart condition.

Bayern Munich, the player's current club, says the 33-year-old decided to retire after a medical exam uncovered "new irregularities'' that could have later consequences. The club gave no details Wednesday.

Boumtje-Boumtje says his "health and family are of the greatest importance.''

The Cameroon-born center played 44 games for Portland between 2001 and 2004. He played for several European clubs before signing with Bayern.

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