As reported by Reuters, Turkish basketball player Enes Kanter’s Portland Trail Blazers reached the NBA’s Western Conference finals, which start on Tuesday, but for the first time the series will not be widely televised in Turkey, where Kanter is accused of having terrorist links.
S Sport, the main TV broadcaster of National Basketball Association games in Turkey, will not show the conference final between the Blazers and defending champion Golden State Warriors, to keep Kanter off Turkish screens, the company and two of its commentators confirmed on Tuesday.
“I can say clearly that we will not be broadcasting the Warriors-Blazers series,” S Sport commentator Omer Sarac told Reuters. “Furthermore, if Portland makes it to the finals, (that) will not be broadcast either … This situation is not about us, but it is what it is.”
Fans in Turkey can still see the games through the paid NBA TV cable option and an online service.