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Thu May 16, 2019, 12:45 AM

Turkey will not broadcast the Warriors-Blazers series because Enes Kanter criticized Erdogan

https://www.dw.com/en/turkish-tv-drops-enes-kanters-nba-playoff-games/a-48738746


Turkish TV drops Enes Kanter's NBA playoff games

Turkish basketball star Enes Kanter is playing in the NBA Western Conference finals for the second time in his career. But the US series will not be widely televised in Turkey, where he is accused of terrorist links.

Turkish broadcaster S Sport, the main broadcaster for NBA games in Turkey, said Tuesday it will not show the NBA's Western Conference Finals between the defending champion Golden State Warriors and the Portland Trail Blazers.

Portland center Enes Kanter, a Swiss-born Turkish basketball player, is an outspoken critic of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Turkish broadcasters have ignored Kanter's games since he was indicted by a Turkish court last year.

"I can say clearly that we will not be broadcasting the Warriors-Blazers series," S Sport commentator Omer Sarac told the Reuters news agency. "Furthermore, if Portland makes it to the finals, [that] will not be broadcast either.

Kanter posted a short message on Twitter in response: "Banned by the dictator but not forgotten."

Fans in Turkey can still see the games through a paid NBA TV cable subscription or the NBA League Pass online service.

After a 2016 failed coup attempt in Turkey, Kanter publicly criticized Erdogan on Twitter, calling the Turkish president "the Hitler of our century." Soon after, his father and his family disowned him due to his political views and his support for US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, blamed by Ankara for the coup attempt.

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can't you see dictator wannabe Trump wanting to do something like this here in US. That is banning the airing of any teams that refuse to visit him in the white house or support him in general.

Boy, am I glad we live in a democratic society and don't have to deal with this BS.

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Response to iluvtennis (Original post)

Thu May 16, 2019, 01:38 AM

1. This seems wrong-headed ...

I mean, from the government's perspective ... If I were them, I'd be thinking ... here's a great opportunity for the people of Turkey to watch Kanter's team ... get their asses bounced ...






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Response to mr_lebowski (Reply #1)

Thu May 16, 2019, 05:24 AM

2. Indeed!

There is no danger of his team being invited to the White House.

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