Furkan Korkmaz still under investigation for altercation at EuroBasket 2022
76ers guard and known dawg Furkan Korkmaz is still under investigation for his role in a EuroBasket scuffle against Georgia. It started as a heated altercation with Duda Sanadze and resulted in ejections. Then it turned into an all-out brawl in the tunnel, with other Georgian players, Goga Bitadze and Tornike Shengelia, joining the fray.
Here’s the Korkmaz footage for those who forget
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.”
Onan may be a bit biased, but that doesn’t mean he’s not right. Furkan may have said something to Sanadze, but he was literally jumped by three dudes in the tunnel. Doesn’t take a Chuck McGill-level legal mind to sus this one out.
I normally would side with a Georgian over a Turk, but this is a rare exception. Korkmaz is far from in the wrong here.
FIBA released a statement on the EuroBasket incident, which reads like a European bureaucratic (eurocratic?) mess.
It’s kind of nuts FIBA has yet to reach a ruling. It’s been 10 days since the investigation was opened.
That statement hardly needed to be made. The wheels of bureaucracy continue to turn slowly, and the wheels of justice are even slower as a result.
Korkmaz will have his name cleared, I have no doubt. It just might take a little time.