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Players Union speaks out in support of Enes Kanter

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Various stories are swirling around the Trail Blazers interim starting center this week.

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Trail Blazers center Enes Kanter finds himself at the center of several newsworthy stories this week.

Specifically, the National Basketball Players Association spoke out in support of Kanter:

The NBPA statement appear to have been spurred by two events. First, reports surfaced that some fans attending game two of the Blazers and Nuggets playoff series may have made offensive and insensitive remarks toward Kanter:

Second, Kanter pointed out on Twitter that the Turkish NBA Twitter account appeared to be intentionally omitting him from updates on the Blazers postseason progress:

Subsequently, the NBA terminated their contract with the vendor managing the account and emphasized in a statement that fans can view Blazers games on NBA League Pass International while in Turkey.

For more details on the NBA’s statement, as well as additional information on the other incidents outlined, check out this comprehensive ESPN article.

For more information on the dispute between Kanter and the Turkish government, check out this Blazer’s Edge article from Miles Custis.