Turkish national Enes Kanter apologized for egging teammate to fight somebody from the opposing team during the Knicks loss to the Blazers on Monday.
The 6-11 center told reporters that he was reprimanded by the Knicks front office for his use of the language. He also expects to hear from the NBA soon regarding possible sanction.
However, he clarified that he didn’t mean that his teammate should punch or hurt somebody. But he conceded that he might have used the wrong word, which he attributed to the fact that English is not his mother tongue.
“They told me I cannot say stuff like that. I’m sorry about that. I’m sorry, NBA, my fault,” he said.
Kanter said that he told a teammate, whom he refused to identify, that he should “go out there and fight somebody” in order to build a momentum or to wake the team up. In fact, the 25-year-old even offered to pay the ensuring fine if the NBA will hand down a penalty.
He said the team was playing without energy when he made that spiel to a teammate, and he just want to get the crowd going and the Blazers nervous.
“Because we need that energy, we need that fight. It doesn’t matter if we’re down by 25, a fight, get a technical foul, the crowd is in it,” he said. “And [Portland is] gonna get nervous.”
Two weeks ago, Kanter ran his mouth against 4-time MVP Lebron James when the Cavaliers forward criticized Phil Jackson and the Knicks front office for drafting unheralded Frank Ntilikina over Dennis Smith Jr. While the word was has been silenced, it seems the grudge is still there.
When James was ejected from the game on Tuesday night, Enes again gave his unsolicited opinion when he posted a photo on Twitter encircling referee Kane Fitzgerald and anointing the game official as the “King of Cleveland.”