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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: Dec 3, 2010
Posted on: December 3, 2010 3:47 pm

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PeteFailmel:  That is actually not true at all. The fan in me wants to see Kanter play so I'm actually not anti-Kanter.  However, I think there are tons of holes in his case to play.

1.  $33,000 is a lot of money. Was $20,000 of it for education?   No one knows at this point, just what a journalist seemed to find out from a source.  Even if it was, $13,000 is still a lot of money.

2.  So let's say he's cleared to play and has to sit out until January. He can then play basketball for 2 months and then go pro.  By the time he'd be cleared to play he doesn't even have to go to class anymore, just play basketball. All of this work for a couple of months of basketball and no classes to take?  Is that what our Universities are really about?

Since: Dec 3, 2010
Posted on: December 3, 2010 3:33 pm

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It appears as if the NCAA is against education and diversity in their sports?

Since: Oct 15, 2008
Posted on: December 3, 2010 3:33 pm

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Had the NCAA deemed Selby, Sidney and Newton ineligible, I could they are going by the rules they create.  But Mr. Doyel doesn't write a long, drawn-out compostion on the matter - he puts in simplistic terms that make it simple.  Kanter's family attempted to do the correct things, they did not receive gifts and extravagant peronal items.  Maybe a UK booster should've just given Mr. Kanter cash under the table.

Since: Dec 3, 2010
Posted on: December 3, 2010 3:21 pm

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How about you dispute the facts Greg just layed out instead of going on a tirade about how he's a UK homer.  If you can do that successfully, you might have a valid point.  I have a feeling you can't.. I also have a feeling probably wouldn't even know where to start. 

Since: Dec 3, 2010
Posted on: December 3, 2010 3:15 pm

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Greg: You are without a doubt the biggest Kentucky homer journalist out there.  Everything you write is pro-Kentucky or pro-Calipari.  Heck, you even attack other journalists who write anything that is negative toward Kentucky. I feel like I'm reading a Kentucky message board when I read anything you write anymore.  Now if you truly believe in what you're writing then that's fine but your rep is taking a hit because you don't look like a neutral observer to 49 of the 50 US States.

My 2 cents.

Since: May 5, 2009
Posted on: December 3, 2010 3:08 pm

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The NCAA has already ruled him ineligible, the NCAA hs as nothing to do with the appeals committees decision. Hopefully the Committee has more sense than the NCAA.

Since: Dec 3, 2010
Posted on: December 3, 2010 2:57 pm

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Quite simple Greg...  welcome to the history of UK basketball.
We are always in situations like this, no one did anything knowingly wrong, yet, on a local radio show they(UL fans)were talking about getting "Paid Enes" shirts made if he's allowed to play.  The truth is second when it comes to how the NCAA handles UK, and how UK and it's fans are handled by the uneducated masses.

If Enes said he was transferring to Duke, he'd be allowed to play right now.  Simple as that.

Because, "they do things the right way."

Kyle Singler went out of his way to slam last years UK team after their win over Michigan State stating "that was UK's problem last year, thinking about the NBA, we don't do that at Duke."  Does Singler know about Bledsoe being so poor in high school he lived in a car and studied by the light of the car light on the roof of the car?  Bledsoe was able to buy his mother a car recently because of his hard work.

I feel the NCAA appeals committee will rule against Kanter playing and will release a well groomed statement that will give the facade of 'doing the right thing for the student athlete'.  They will use high profile UK to slam home a point that is merely a front door facade to keep the haters happy and the appearance of being an organization that 'does the right thing'.  Bobby Knight will get on the TV and say, "this is what college sports should be about.' blah blah blah, when it truth, it's a political body aimed at keeping the status quo at the expense of Enes Kanter, his family and others in the same situation.  Believe me, the press release will be a well crafted verbal onslaught aimed at the pompous 'keepers of the guard', and not at the heart of what is best for the student athlete.

Since: Dec 3, 2010
Posted on: December 3, 2010 2:47 pm

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Please stop using fact and logic.  This will only make things harder on the BIG BLUE NATION when indeed the NCAA does rule Kanter ineligible. 

Since: May 29, 2008
Posted on: December 3, 2010 2:43 pm
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Since: May 20, 2010
Posted on: December 3, 2010 2:35 pm

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There you go making sense again, Gregg!  Free Enes!

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