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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 15, 2006
Posted on: December 7, 2010 12:54 pm

Free Enes

the ncaa is afraid if they free enes uk could win another championship away from their precious coach k and lowfife duke!!!go big blue forever!!!

Oh my I think you are right.  I think the investigative branch of the NCAA has just opened a "K-File", Calipari was on the grassy knoll!  For you UK people the K on Knoll is silent. Laughing

Just accept the fact that you have a pretty good team and they will have to play without Enis.

Since: Nov 14, 2007
Posted on: December 6, 2010 10:22 am

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the ncaa is afraid if they free enes uk could win another championship away from their precious coach k and lowfife duke!!!go big blue forever!!!

Since: Dec 31, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2010 1:25 am

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So, add up a string of wrongs and make a right? I don't think it works that way.
Read into the stories!
Isn't that your job?
Why is Cam Newton eligible?
The NCAA is trying their darndest to protect their precious BCS process. Are you kidding me? The guy's father was out there acting as a pimp! Pay me for my son's commitment! He didn't get money? Well, where did that money magically appear to him for his church?
Ah, politics makes for strange bedfellows.
Enes Kanter is a professional basketball player. He was paid to perform as a professional basketball player. So, take your imagined indignation elsewhere and go back to questioning the NCAA for their incredulous ruling that Newton should  be eligible.
Can sports get more pathetic?
LeBron? Newton? Kanter? Steroids? Calipari? Tiger? Pitino? Bush? Favre?
Abolsutely pathetic!

Since: Mar 23, 2010
Posted on: December 4, 2010 11:39 pm

Free Enes

All I have to say is Amen.

Since: Dec 11, 2008
Posted on: December 4, 2010 4:53 pm

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I heard a rumour that Mr. Doyel has an intent to amatuerize, so he just has to donate the money the NCAA can prove he received for being a writer and serve a one game suspension for every good column he wrote, we won't miss him too long...

I always love that one...

Doyel, grow a sack and write a column about something that's good and right about the game, quit whining about someone who broke the rules and now big blue nation's feelings are hurt.  Identify if it's empathy or sympathy, acknowledge that no amount of your simpering is going to change anything, then get on with the day.

Since: Oct 15, 2006
Posted on: December 4, 2010 4:04 pm

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Now if he was at Illinois and couldn't play I would be really upset.  Since its Kentucky I'm fine with it.  Man if he was playing for MSU they would have beaten Duke by 15. (just quoting a KY response to their UNC loss) So Gregg my question to you is when do the rules apply?  Or should we just throw em out.  You can't win em all the time 1 out of 4 isn't great but if it were up to me all those cases you indicated to me would have been suspensions in my book.  The only thing we can agree on is the NCAA is inconsistent.

Since: Dec 4, 2010
Posted on: December 4, 2010 3:52 pm

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Rules are rules you're right but they need to be the same rules.

Since: Jul 21, 2009
Posted on: December 4, 2010 3:45 pm

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yeah yeah, and if no suspension were handed out to UNC football players we would be undefeated .. excuses excuses.

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: December 4, 2010 3:18 pm

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Quite simply, this article couldn't be more correct!!!

Since: Apr 28, 2007
Posted on: December 4, 2010 3:13 pm

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My typos are troublesome.

Kanter is good enouh to get UK to the final four. I hope I do not see him play again until he plays for his next pro team in the NBA.

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