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Dr. J. Naismith 08-18-2008 02:26 AM

Iranian Banned From Playing In NBA?
 
This is a little extreme don't you think? :confused2:

Quote:

Originally Posted by Adrian Wojnarowski
As interest has grown in the NBA over signing 7-foot-2 Iranian Olympian Hamed Ehadadi, the league office has sent a letter to its 30 teams instructing that they are forbidden to even discuss a contract with Ehadadi, Yahoo! Sports has learned.

In the letter, which was sent Friday, NBA legal counsel wrote: “It has come to our attention that representatives of Hamed Ehadadi, an Iranian basketball player, may be contacting NBA teams to discuss the possibility of signing Mr. Ehadadi to an NBA player contract.

“We have been advised that a federal statue prohibits a person or organization in the United States from engaging in business dealings with Iranian nationals.”

The NBA is applying to the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control for a license that, “if granted,” the league said, would allow teams to negotiate with the 23-year-old Ehadadi. Until then, no franchise is allowed to do so.

Commissioner David Stern invited the Iranian national team to compete in July’s NBA summer league in Utah, allowing the team a pre-Olympics tune-up. When NBA teams started to show an interest in signing Ehadadi, Stern had league counsel begin the process of clearing a path through this complicated circumstance with the U.S. State Department.

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Acie 08-18-2008 09:40 AM

Iranian bannings are the best banning in the world, but yeah - a little extreme.

Taz 08-18-2008 12:19 PM

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“We have been advised that a federal statue prohibits a person or organization in the United States from engaging in business dealings with Iranian nationals.”
Seriously? Frig, that's harsh. Hubby is going to be interested to read this ...

Gurk 08-18-2008 01:41 PM

The Americans probably thought he was going to bomb the NBA stadiums. But still why would somebody do that, put a restriction for a player

Claudius 08-18-2008 02:51 PM

It's probably just part of an embargo that the United States has on Iran right now. It doesn't matter if it's a player or something else, if an embargo is placed on the country they're basically black listed until relations ease up.

It has nothing to do with bombing NBA stadiums or something along those lines.

Adequate Swag 08-18-2008 03:21 PM

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Originally Posted by Claudius (Post 50839)
It's probably just part of an embargo that the United States has on Iran right now. It doesn't matter if it's a player or something else, if an embargo is placed on the country they're basically black listed until relations ease up.

It has nothing to do with bombing NBA stadiums or something along those lines.

From what I understand that's absolutely correct. An embargo that's been in place since '95 evidently.

Taz 08-18-2008 07:04 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Claudius (Post 50839)
It's probably just part of an embargo that the United States has on Iran right now. It doesn't matter if it's a player or something else, if an embargo is placed on the country they're basically black listed until relations ease up.

It has nothing to do with bombing NBA stadiums or something along those lines.

Interesting. Thanks for that info.

Krazy Ivan 08-18-2008 08:36 PM

I am sure that Stern and NBA would like nothing more then to have this kid, not only play but also, become a star in the league... just like Yao Ming... the more diverse the league the more diverse the audience and that equals larger interest... after all there is over a billion Muslims in the world.

Truth is that NBA is very visible and they don't dare break any rules which would make them look bad in the public and create a backlash.

NBA is not a bad guy here... US government is!

MetroStar 08-18-2008 09:15 PM

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Originally Posted by Dr. J. Naismith (Post 50769)
This is a little extreme don't you think? :confused2:



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This is not Democracy.

Dr. J. Naismith 08-20-2008 12:17 AM

So apparently Hamed Hadadi claims that he'll be a Grizzly by week's end. This should get interesting.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Payvand
Iran's Hamed Hadadi claims that he will become a member of the Memphis Grizzlies by the end of the week despite a statement by the NBA that teams may not negotiate with the center, according to Payvand.

"I will undoubtedly join Memphis Grizzlies by the end of next week. I met Memphis' officials yesterday to discuss joining the team," Hadadi said.

"I received many offers from European teams but just playing in the NBA is my dream," he added. "Hopefully, I can join Memphis as soon as possible without any problem."

However, the NBA's legal counsel has maintained that teams are not allowed to discuss business with Iranian nationals.

"It has come to our attention that representatives of Hamed Hadadi, an Iranian basketball player, may be contacting NBA teams to discuss the possibility of signing Mr. Hadadi to an NBA player contract. We have been advised that a federal statute prohibits a person or organization in the United States from engaging in business dealings with Iranian nationals," the counsel said.

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rapsfan087 08-20-2008 05:38 AM

They should try to sign a PF instead of a C, although big men are never too many.

Ugo Ferst 08-20-2008 10:45 AM

This guy is a bum anyways, BUM, he will be owned in the NBA, he is slow, his footwork isnt that great and his conditioning is crap, gl sir.

Dr. J. Naismith 08-21-2008 12:16 AM

Apparently Toronto made this guy an offer too. :confused2:

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ohmy News
Hamed has one offer from the Toronto Raptors in hand, while rejecting another from the Serbian club KK Partizan.

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dfunkie1 08-21-2008 12:19 AM

i think buddie should just shut his mouth until things get sorted out from the political end.

Kirby 08-21-2008 12:55 AM

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Originally Posted by Dr. J. Naismith (Post 51390)
Apparently Toronto made this guy an offer too. :confused2:



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Lol I don't see why not. We'd be getting back a Roy Hibbert for minimum.

Ugo Ferst 08-21-2008 01:06 AM

i especially like this part of the article...

"Haddadi's impressive physical and mental capacities should allow him to score at least 21 points per game"

lmao, i mean at least, in the very min, he is an allstar!! haha what a moron.

Major 08-21-2008 06:27 AM

Politics should have no place in sports. This was too extreme IMO. The whole point of sports is that it kind of gives us a release or getaway from the "real" world. When you start mixing the two, it takes some of the fun out of everything.


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