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Report: Turkish team which signed Deron Williams has its accounts frozen

Jul 16, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

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Allright, so this one’s a little complicated. Let’s work the NBA angle and go backwards.

Deron Williams signed with Besiktas. He even tweeted a photo of the signed contract and everything. But of course, that could get messy if the team can’t pay him. There have been concerns about overseas players betting paid in general due to financial concerns of the clubs, but Besiktas is considered a pretty solid club, what with their European football arm and all.

Funny story though. Jonathan Givony of Draft Express reports that Besiktas’ accounts are frozen in connection with allegations of football match-fixing. Whoops. From Reuters:

A Turkish court jailed the coach and deputy chairman of Istanbul club Besiktas pending trial on Wednesday in a match-fixing investigation which has overshadowed preparations for the new soccer season, media reports said.

The Istanbul court has already jailed 26 people including the chairman of champions Fenerbahce, who feature highly in the probe, and the latest ruling targeted a second of the city’s “Big Three” clubs which dominate Turkish football.

via Soccer-Top Besiktas figures jailed in match-fixing probe | Reuters.

The Reuters article does not confirm Givony’s report on the accounts being frozen, but it would make sense considering the involvement of the federal government in Turkey. If brought to trial and convicted, this could put a major damper on Williams’ intentions to leave the states to make some money abroad. It would also grant the owners more power and squash the movement of players to Europe, given that no one wants to go through the hassle of being involved in something like this.

Match-fixing’s about as low-down as it gets in sports in America, but it’s important to remember the basketball club has had no charges brought against its members so far.

  1. accfanto - Jul 16, 2011 at 2:28 PM

    No, the basketball team has only been hauled in front of FIBA arbitration panels for not paying its players.

  2. goforthanddie - Jul 16, 2011 at 2:51 PM

    Paying attention Billy Hunter? Still think recommending overseas as an option is in your players’ best interest? Get over yourself and get your people back to work where they’re already contracted.

    • almzor - Jul 16, 2011 at 3:01 PM

      Billy Hunter and the players aren’t on strike, the owners locked them out. You should be bitching at Stern smart guy.

      • goforthanddie - Jul 16, 2011 at 5:03 PM

        I’m well aware of the situation, thank you.
        Hunter keeps telling his boys to look elsewhere until the owners cave. “Elsewhere” isn’t a viable option. Instead of steering players overseas, Hunter needs to be steering his ass into talks aimed at ending the problems. Pulling a power play only works if you have some power to pull. Playing overseas isn’t “power”.

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