Cedi Osman is back for Efes, at least for today! The Cleveland Cavaliers star is in the arena where Anadolu Efes will fight Tofas for the Turkish Cup. Osman received a warm welcome from players, coach Ataman and the fans.
Knicks center Enes Kanter is again under investigation by the Turkish government, this time for allegedly insulting former NBA player Hedo Turkoglu, president of the Turkish Basketball Federation and a chief adviser to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Even though Kanter, who was born in Switzerland and raised in Turkey, will not be around to appear in court for his alleged crimes, the ICCIB is still pushing for punishment. The case will be heard at the Assize Court, which hears cases about some of the most serious crimes in Turkey.
What kind of reaction have you been getting from Turkish friends and family? Enes Kanter: My friends and my friends’ families are in jail right now in Turkey. They want to do something, but if they talk about it, only two or three people are going to hear about it. That’s why [I use my platform to talk about it]. People, even my teammates, were saying, “Why are you doing this? Are you crazy? Why are you talking about all of this politics and stuff if your family is back in Turkey?” People don’t understand that, I understand they’re my family, but there are thousands of families in Turkey right now wrongly in jail. … When I talk to my teammates and I talk them one-on-one and say, “OK, this is what’s going on in Turkey. This is the reason I’m talking. This is the reason I’m speaking publicly on social media,” or whatever. And they say, “You’re right. Just keep doing what you’re doing.”
Why do you think your father had to publicly state that he disowned you? Enes Kanter: Before that, my dad got fired from his job. He was a genetics professor. My dad’s siblings got fired. People were saying some crazy stuff to him on the streets. My little brother was telling me that when he went to the supermarket, they spit in his face. They said, “What kind of son do you have? … So if they didn’t make that statement, not just my dad by my whole family would be in jail.