Turkish National Team: 76ers' Furkan Korkmaz Attacked Near Locker Room at EuroBasket

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVSeptember 4, 2022

TBILISI, GEORGIA - SEPTEMBER 04: The referee protect Furkan Korkmaz of Turkey from the other players during the FIBA EuroBasket 2022 group A match between Turkey and Georgia at Tbilisi Arena on September 4, 2022 in Tbilisi, Georgia. (Photo by Nikola Krstic/MB Media/Getty Images)
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Turkish federation vice president Omer Onan told reporters that Philadelphia 76ers forward and Turkish player Furkan Korkmaz was attacked by several Georgia players following Georgia's 88-83 win on Sunday.

Onan said Turkey would leave the tournament if security footage of the incident wasn't released:

"While Furkan Korkmaz was walking in the hallway to the locker rooms with our trainer, Georgia's players who were not on the active roster attacked him together with the ejected player (Duda Sanadze) and the police. There should not be an attack on the player that goes to the locker room. At the end of the match, 30 policemen each pushed us into a fight. We got into a fight with Georgia's official police. I am calling out to FIBA and I have also told FIBA's officials. Let no one deceive themselves or think that we are stupid. They will bring us all the camera footage from that corridor minute by minute without anything missing. If those cameras do not come to us, we will leave this tournament."

Korkmaz and Sanadze were each ejected from the game after scuffling in the fourth quarter:

ClutchPoints @ClutchPointsApp

Furkan Korkmaz getting into it with Georgia's Duda Sanadze <br><br>Fans started throwing cups onto the court 😳<br><br> <a href="https://t.co/GSsKveHxQX">pic.twitter.com/GSsKveHxQX</a>

"There was a basketball game with two overtimes on the court. Sometimes we played well and sometimes Georgia played well, but after our player, Korkmaz, was disqualified, three opposing team players attacked him in the corridors, while security guards attacked our player and our trainer," assistant coach Hakan Demir added. "We came here to play basketball, not box. Therefore, we are very disturbed by the security weakness experienced today. We will follow up on this issue as well."

Korkmaz reportedly escaped injury following the alleged altercation after the game:

Pat Gallen @PatGallenCBS3

Hearing from a source that Furkan Korkmaz is fine and that there appears to have been some sort of altercation following his ejection. Was playing with Turkey in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/EuroBasket22?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#EuroBasket22</a> against Georgia.

Turkey also officially protested the game's result after saying that 22 seconds had disappeared from the game clock during the confrontation between Korkmaz and Sanadze.

Sergen Hasan Kumaş @sergenkumas

Looks like <a href="https://twitter.com/FIBA?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@FIBA</a> took 22 seconds off the clock when Furkan Korkmaz was disqualified from the game: <br><br>Georgia played great today, but this is odd. <a href="https://t.co/FVTlNwGBKo">pic.twitter.com/FVTlNwGBKo</a>

"Today the game was 22 seconds shorter. The fact that this is not just one or two seconds but 22 makes us think that the situation is not just an error," Demir said. "We will follow this as well. We came to Georgia expecting to be in a sister country. Yes, there was tension between the players on the court today, but it is not possible for us to accept what happened afterward."

It was quite the day in FIBA action:

Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds

Today in FIBA news ... <br><br>-- Turkey says Furkan Korkmaz got attacked by police in Georgia after the game in Tbilisi<br>-- Lithuania protested after no free throw was awarded for a technical and they lost in double OT<br>-- The USA Basketball game in Brazil is delayed by rain. Yes. Rain.

Dionysis Aravantinos @AravantinosDA

Wildest day in EuroBasket history? <br><br>⚫️ Double OT 🇱🇹🇩🇪<br>⚫️ 🇱🇹 protests result<br>⚫️ Double OT 🇹🇷🇬🇪<br>⚫️ 🇹🇷 protests result<br>⚫️ 🇧🇪 stuns 🇪🇸<br>⚫️ 🇧🇦 stuns 🇸🇮 <br>⚫️ Furkan Korkmaz gets ejected <br>⚫️ Duda Sanadze gets ejected <br>⚫️ Ergin Ataman gets ejected<br>⚫️ Furkan Korkmaz gets attacked

The Turkey vs. Georgia result was an important one in Group A play, dropping Turkey to third place on five points, while Georgia bumped up to fifth place on four points. Montenegro currently tops the group with five points.