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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: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: December 4, 2010 1:25 pm

Free Enes

Life is all about choices, and some are mutually exclusive. Nobody told Enes he couldn't play professionally in Europe and nobody told him he couldn't compete in NCAA basketball. You just can't play professionally first. Pro ball must come second. He should go back to Europe and become very rich. If he is good enough to play for Calipari, I am sure he is NBA ready anyway.

Since: Jul 9, 2008
Posted on: December 4, 2010 1:09 pm

Free Enes

Maybe I'm missing the point here but what if a HS baller graduates and goes to Europe, plays a year and doesn't make the grade in pro ball. He gets paid (through his parents) for the season he plays, then wants to come back and play in college and get an "education". Can he? What's the difference with that scenario and Kanter's?

The NCAA has opened a real Pandora's Box with the Cam Newton decision. Parents will be stretching the rules to pimp their talented sons in every sport the NCAA has it's grubby fingers in. There is no consistency in the NCAA's decision making process and therein lies the crux of the problem.

Since: Oct 16, 2007
Posted on: December 4, 2010 12:46 pm


Idiotic logic trying to rationalize why Enes Kanter should play. Your an idiot Greg Doyel. 

Since: Nov 11, 2010
Posted on: December 4, 2010 12:45 pm

Free Enes

What's at question here is the new rule which was instituted by the NCAA, which allows these foreign kids to retain their eligibility if their compensation isn't above some nebulous standard that only lawyers and folks with an MBA can figure out.

Since: Mar 5, 2009
Posted on: December 4, 2010 11:34 am

Free Enes

If Jeremy Bloom couldn't play, Kanter should def be ineligble. Dif sport? Dif time? Doesnt matter. Why have rules if all you have to do is play the dummy card. Didnt know? good one.

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: December 4, 2010 11:15 am

Free Enes

Doyel your insane.

His family is recieving money and he doesnt know it. No, you would know it i promise, he's not innocent here.

on the other hand if enes is eligible and guy michel is not there the ncaa is seriously messed up.

guy played 5 games in the pros in europe and he doesnt get to play. STUPID.

Since: Feb 8, 2009
Posted on: December 4, 2010 7:30 am

Free Enes

And there has never been anyone who played professional sports and receieved payment?  I think not...Several millionaires have done so.  Chris Wenkie (sp), for one, played professional baseball received a hugh contract, yet was allowed to play football for Florida State?  What's wrong with that...There are more that I can't think of at the moment but, why punish this kid for $33K when Wenkie (sp) got millions.

Since: May 6, 2007
Posted on: December 4, 2010 2:52 am

Free Enes

He went, played for a pro team, and was compensated.  What is there that is in question here?  Money was paid for services rendered.  Doesn't matter how much.  Game, set, match, ineligible.

Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: December 4, 2010 2:45 am

Free Enes

As a non-UK fan, if Kanter plays, hide your momma et al. Kid is straight dope down low. Unbelievable skill level. 

Since: Dec 4, 2010
Posted on: December 4, 2010 12:32 am

Free Enes

Based on precedent, he is ineligible.  He should at minimum pay back the money and sit out the entire year.  If he wants to play college ball so bad, he will come back next year.  I would bet against that, so good luck in the draft.

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