Furkan Korkmaz got ejected, then attacked by players and police after a EuroBasket 22 game in Georgia
Furkan Korkmaz was ejected during the fourth quarter of a basketball game yesterday while Turkey was playing Georgia in EuroBasket 22.
Games for the EuroBasket tournament are taking place in four countries, but the game Korkmaz got ejected from took place at the Tbilisi Arena in Georgia. Korkmaz was ejected after he got into a confrontation with Georgia guard Duda Sanadze on the court after being fouled during the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game.
Furkan Korkmaz Ejected
Okay so here’s where it gets crazy. Furk got ejected from the basketball game after the altercation. Then, on his way back to the locker room, Korkmaz was attacked by Georgia players not even on the active roster AND the country’s police.
Turkish federation vice-president and former player Omer Onan described the incident:
“While Furkan Korkmaz was walking in the hallway to the locker rooms with our trainer, Georgia’s players who were not in the active roster attacked him together with the ejected player (ed.note: Duda Sanadze) and the police. There should not be an attack on the player that goes to the locker room. At the end of the match, 30 policeman pushed us into a fight. We got into a fight with Georgia’s official police. I am calling out to FIBA and I have also told FIBA’s officials. Let no one deceive themselves or think that we are stupid. They will bring us all the camera footage from that corridor minute by minute without anything missing. If those cameras do not come to us, we will leave this tournament.”
Release the tapes!
Holy shit. This is a lot more serious than I thought. Georgia sent police, and players after Furkan Korkmaz and he walked away completely unharmed, while also potentially ending Turkey’s run in the EuroBasket 22 tournament and potentially starting an international crisis between the two companies.
Here’s what Furkan Korkmaz had to say about the altercation:
“First he started talking shit to me, I am not anybody to talk shit on my face. I am not going to let that happen,” he said, “As part of the game, he is going to say something and you are going to say something back. İ reacted as a human being, as a man, I just showed a reaction.”
“There were no security measures whatsoever when I was going at locker’s room,” he recalled, “When we were going there, three players from them including Sanadze as well as two security guys, started to run at us. We started throwing punches at each other. Basically, it was a street fight. Five people attacked us, we defended ourselves.”
Get em, Furk!
If there’s a way for Kork to get back in the good graces in the city of Philadelphia, this is the way. Kork not only walked away from getting jumped, but he immediately hopped on Twitter and threw out the Turkish flag emoji THREE TIMES on their asses.
This man does not give a shit. Period. Send the whole Georgian army after Furkan. The guy is an absolute DAWG. Of course, this isn’t the first time Furk has been rumored to be in the mix when it comes to defending his country, city, or teammates. We all remember the rumors (not true) after KAT and Embiid/Simmons got into it.
Yes I know this isn’t true. Relax.
Just a few weeks ago, Furkan Korkmaz dropped 22 points, 10 rebounds, and 1 assist, shooting 8-of-12 from the floor while knocking down 4-of-6 from beyond the arc for Turkey while playing in the Acropolis Basketball Tournament title game against Greece.
He also dropped a hype video, that at the time, I questioned, but will question no more. Korkmaz is on a MISSION this summer and this just ads to the impending “FURK YEAR” that’s coming to Philadelphia next season.
The 76ers wanted some “dawgs” on their roster this season and brought in PJ Tucker and Danuel House Jr, but it’s clear that Daryl Morey and company forgot they already have a DAWG in Furkan Korkmaz. Hopefully now, they’ll take notice.