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New York Times Report: Kanter's Turkish Team Claims He Was Paid

According to the general manager of Fenerbahce Ulker, Nedim Karakas, the Turkish basketball club Enes Kanter played for paid the star in excess of $100,000 over a period of three years.

"Karakas said that Fenerbahce provided housing to Kanter and his family for more than three years, provided them with food and pocket money and paid Kanter a salary of more than $6,500 a month during his final season."

The housing allowance and food money are certainly concerns if indeed those benefits were supplied to the Kanter family, but those benefits alone would probably not result in Kanter being ruled ineligible for the entire season, but, Kanter being paid a salary could potentially lead to him being ruled forever ineligible for NCAA competition.

No contract between Kanter and Fenerbahce was signed, leaving the matter very complicated.  According to the article, though, Fenerbahce turned over all relevant documents to the NCAA.

We'll have more on this as the situation develops.

UPDATE --  The Herald-Leader's Jerry Titpon, in his column on the Kanter dilemma, reports University of Kentucky Media Relations Director DeWayne Peevy issued the following statement regarding the Kanter report:

"The University of Kentucky is working diligently with the NCAA on this matter and we fully support Enes Kanter and his family through this on-going NCAA review.  We will have no further comment."

 

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