Philadelphia 76ers goalkeeper Furkan Korkmaz said he was attacked by members of the Georgian national team and the Georgia national police after he was expelled from Turkey’s game against Georgia at the European Basketball Championships on Sunday.
Korkmaz was ejected from the game on Sunday in Tbilisi, Georgia, after making two technical fouls after an argument with Georgian Duda Sanadze. Things got so bad that fans started throwing things on the field while the two players were apart.
It is unclear what started the altercation initially in court.
While Korkmaz was walking through the tunnel with an assistant coach, he said that he was suddenly attacked by several Georgian players and security.
Korkmaz said, “As soon as we got out of the tunnel and tried to get to the dressing room, I saw three Georgian players along with two security men running towards us. We started throwing punches at each other. That’s basically what happened,” Korkmaz said, Via BasketNews.
“It was like a street fight. There was no talking or conversation. People just came to us and tried to attack us. Of course, we responded and tried to defend ourselves – exactly what we would do as men. I also think it’s a security issue. But I don’t know if it was a security issue.” Or if they show tolerance for their players.”
Vice President of the Turkish Federation Omer Onan Tell EuroHoops After the match, the “30 cops” got them to fight as well. He said he reached out to the International Basketball Federation about the incident, and threatened to leave the tournament altogether.
“No one fools themselves or thinks we are stupid,” Onan said. “They will bring us all the camera footage from that lane minute by minute without missing a thing. If those cameras don’t come to us, we will leave this tournament.”
Georgia beat Turkey 88-83 in overtime twice. Turkey officially protested the outcome of the match, claiming that 22 seconds had been pulled from the clock in the last period.
Coach Ergen Ataman was also sent off in the second overtime, and was replaced by assistant Hakan Demir.
“A basketball match was supposed to be played today, but unfortunately what happened went beyond basketball,” Demir said. via EuroHoops. “We have two more games in Georgia and, unfortunately, what happened in the lanes today was against the spirit of the sport. We expected a little more kind treatment, but unfortunately, that didn’t happen.
“There was a basketball game with two extra time on the field. Sometimes we played well and sometimes Georgia played well, but after our player Furkan Korkmaz was dismissed, three players of the opposing team attacked him in the lanes, while the security guards attacked our player and coach. We came here. To play basketball, not boxing.”
Korkmaz averaged 7.6 points and 2.6 rebounds last season with 76 players, his fifth in the NBA after taking him 26th in 2016. The 25-year-old is set to enter his second year of three, a deal Worth $15 million with the team this fall.