December 5, 2010
The Case for Enes Kanter
The NCAA ruled on Cam Newton's case the same day that Enes Kanter's case was being heard by the appeal committee. By Friday, the University has submitted new information. Seems likely that the new information is that Kanter was unaware and any wrong doing's, just as Cam Newton was.
Mike Lupica of the NY Daily News agree's that if Newton is eligible, then Kanter should be as well.
Let me get this straight, even in the weird system, and culture, of selective justice the NCAA always has going:
Kentucky can't play its big kid from Turkey - Enes Kanter - because they say he was overpaid when he was 15 years old playing in Turkey, but Cam Newton's old man can put his kid on the NCAA Football Home Shopping Network?
The NCAA declared Kanter ineligible because it said he received expenses beyond what he should have gotten playing for a club team in Turkey?
So that's a threat to everything sacred in college sports but Cam's old man isn't?
Hat Tip to Alan Cutler.
Yesterday during the open chat on NOB during the UNC game, the topic of Kanter came up. Of course it did. There were many different opinions on the case that covered both possibilities. One fan suggested that Kanter and his family received money and therefore he is ineligible. Another stated that it was quite simple, Kanter played for a professional team and therefore he is ineligible.
Then there was the other side of the fence and this happens to be the side that I am on. Selby received impermissible benefits and is allowed to pay them back with a 9 game suspension. So if Kanter was aware, provide him with a similar ruling. Then there is Cam Newton who was unaware that his father shopped him around for money. So if Kanter wasn't aware, provide him with a similar ruling.
To me, it seems as if the case is covered either way. FREE ENES.