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Free Enes

Posted on: December 3, 2010 2:21 pm
Edited on: December 3, 2010 2:33 pm
I'm reading about Cam Newton, but I'm thinking about Enes Kanter.

I'm reading about Josh Selby, but thinking about Enes Kanter.

Reading about? Renardo Sydney. But thinking about? Enes Kanter.

Those were all athlete-affirmative rulings by the NCAA. Newton's father was trying to cheat but couldn't consummate the deal, and anyway, Newton didn't know. So he can play for Auburn. Terrific, sincerely. Love that ruling.

Selby was driving around in someone else's Mercedes, and ultimately Selby was found to have received almost $5,000 in extra benefits from Carmelo Anthony's business manager, but the NCAA decided that the business manager was a longtime friend of the family and not a scuzzball. So Selby will be able to play for Kansas in a few weeks, and that's great.

Sidney is the Mississippi State basketball recruit whose family received so many thousands of dollars -- almost $12,000 -- that he was sidelined the entire 2009-10 season. But after that year suspension, and after missing a portion of this season, he'll eventually be able to play -- even though he misled NCAA investigators. And I say, fine. Sidney and his parents made huge mistakes, but the kid paid a huge penalty. Good for him that he can play.

But what about Enes Kanter? What about him ?

Kanter's father was the one who received the money from the Turkish national team, not Kanter himself. Enes had no idea what was coming in, or where it was going. He never saw the money, and anyway, the money was reimbursement for travel expenses, and coverage of educational expenditures. Not a Mercedes. Not clothes. Not cash.

Kanter never lied to the NCAA. Never sought payment from a school. Never drove someone else's fancy car for weeks at a time.

But Kanter can't play. Ever.


I don't get it. I don't think I ever will get it. But with Kanter's appeal still being considered, it's not too late for the NCAA to do the right thing and let him play. This year, next year, whenever. Let him play, NCAA, or you're the biggest scuzzball in this story.

Category: NCAAB
Tags: Enes Kanter

Since: Oct 14, 2006
Posted on: December 4, 2010 3:08 pm

Rules are Rules

All that means is that the NCAA dropped the ball with these other guys.  He got paid to play in Turkey so he's a pro.  Get over it and move on. 

Since: Apr 4, 2008
Posted on: December 4, 2010 3:08 pm

Free Enes

I agree that the earlier rulings you refer to make no sense but the fact that the NCAA was wrong in those cases does not mean it should also be wrong in this case.

In my view all of the cases you mention should have resulted in ineligibility.

Since: Nov 9, 2006
Posted on: December 4, 2010 3:05 pm

Free Enes

2 points - and you think a 7 footer who beat Dirk N. record in las vegas HS all star game would not have made a 2 point difference ? your nuts.

Since: Nov 9, 2006
Posted on: December 4, 2010 3:03 pm

Free Enes

You need to research your facts on the NCAA rules on foreign players - you are completely wrong. Countries where collegiate basketball doesn't exist CAN play professional ball as long as the reimbursements are within the rules.

Since: Apr 28, 2007
Posted on: December 4, 2010 3:02 pm

the ncaa had better let him play

or UK has no chance to make the elete 8. This uk team is suffering due to Cal recruiting only 1 year players. They desparately need Enes or the season is lost.

btw, the other pro's that are typically mentioned did not play pro ball in the same sport that played college in. Weinke played pro baseball and college football. the list goes on and on.

btw, UK just lost to their second unramked opponent in less than 2 weeks. Enes needs to be cleared immediately !  Imagine how bad Uk would be without pulling the terrence jones stunt........

Regardless, of the Kanter outcome the Cam Newton deal is terrible at best. So is Selby's deal. Three wrongs don't make any one of these right. 

Many in the  nation root for SC today. Hopefully Cam will play in a meaningless bowl, and not get another Heisman Trophy to be returned later...............

Since: Jul 21, 2009
Posted on: December 4, 2010 2:58 pm

Free Enes


Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: December 4, 2010 2:48 pm

Free Enes

just seeing Newton on the field should make everyone sick. It may not be today but Auburn sold their sole to win and they will pay later.  College football is now a mess and players will go to the highest bidder----as long as the player doesn't know. Here's hoping Auburn gets beat by 100 points.

Since: Apr 13, 2008
Posted on: December 4, 2010 2:10 pm

Free Enes

HE PLAYED PROFESSIONALLY!!!! It is not because he wanted to play for kentucky or Cal. Its because he played professionally. Thats possibly the biggest no-no you can have. Thats worse than accepting money (to NCAA's standards). Money you can pay back and sit out a few games with a slap on your wrist. If you play professionally theres nothing you can do it reverse that. Once you play professionally you cant play college basketball. Hands down. He got what he deserved.

Since: Aug 16, 2008
Posted on: December 4, 2010 2:05 pm

Free Enes

Enes Kanter didn't do anything wrong, intentionally or unintentionally.  He is just a kid that is looking to have the opportunity to play college basketball as many other foreign players have done.  Let alone other NCAA rulings have favored college players in similar situations, the fact it is Kentucky and Coach Cal changes things? Huh? Is the NCAA on the same planet as we are?  No. Kanter didn't get his shot and deserves it. The appeal should be approved. The NCAA is the one who needs to be examined here for its inconsistencies is its rulings.

Since: Apr 13, 2008
Posted on: December 4, 2010 1:48 pm

Free Enes

why dont you writers get off Caliparis nutsack? its OBVIOUS why kanter cant play. he played PROFESSIONALLY. once you do that you cant play college basketball. Theres no loop hole in it, theres no catch to it. Thats just how it is. And dont give me the excuse that he didnt know, Selby drove a nice car....he also got suspended for 1/4 of the season. He didnt play professionally so he was still able to have his eligibility as the rest of the high name recruits. Kanter is not the black sheep like you and Parrish seem to think because you both have a crush on Calipari.

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