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UK Fan Takes “Free Enes” Fight to the White House


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Many have tried to take a stand in the fight to Free Enes. A large group of you have bought t-shirts, painted signs or had your picture taken in front of the world’s monuments. But how many of you have thought about doing direct political activism? Well one Gary Hardin did. As you can see by this link on a roundup of letters written to the President, Hardin took the time to write President Obama and make his case for the use of pardon power to help one Enes Kanter. He suggests to Obama that if only he will take a minute to read up on Enes, the economy, war in Afghanistan and new Republican Congress will just be mere sidebars to righting the true wrong in the world…the treatment of one Enes Kanter.

Gary Hardin, we salute you. While in the future we might suggest that before you write the President, you spell check, the principle is nevertheless the same. We can never be a free people so long as Enes is not allowed to roam the basketball courts of our great nation.

NCAA and Enes Kanter

To:
President Barack Obama

December 30, 2010

I voted for you Mr. President. Your actions have spoken loudly in all that you have accomplished. Please research the injustice being done by the NCAA and its actions against Enes Kanter. With all of the recent decisions it has made in favor of certain atheletes and Institutions, why does it seem it is persecuting this one Athelete who has tried to follow all the rules to be eleigible to play college basketball. Your support (knowing you are a b-ball fan) would be greatly appreciated. If you were to just spend a few mopments to read what has occured since March of this year and the NCAA recent decisions, you too SIR will feel the anger!

Thank You Sir for your action on this subject.

Gary Hardin
College Basketball fan

Lexington , Ky

Article written by Matt Jones

106 responses to “UK Fan Takes “Free Enes” Fight to the White House”

  1. tdogg4033011

    FREE ENES !!!

  2. Obama

    FREE ENES !!!

  3. Cosmo

    So the guy had a typo in his letter to the president?

  4. Jimmy

    Nice job with the typo to the president, “a few mopmets”.

  5. Enes Burns

    Yeah, what the hell is a mopments? lol

  6. UKAndrew

    “While in the future we might suggest that before you write the President, you sue spell check, the principle is nevertheless the same.”

    Why should he sue spell check?

  7. EW

    I hope this is a joke.

  8. joe

    Why not? Free Becca Manns also

  9. Enes Burns

    Somebody needs to get Gary hooked on Phonics.

  10. Replay

    Cats Cards on CBS CSS now! Just started at 9 pm.
    Insight 531 in Northern Ky.

  11. Frank

    He will roam the basketball of our great nation in the NBA. Because he is infact a professional basketball player. You guys are so stupid it’s beyond comprehension.

  12. macon_volfan

    Matt, please keep Enes politics off the blog. Thanks.

    Wait, it’s about Enes Kanter, who is a UK player? Oh, nevermind.

  13. Frank

    Basketball courts**

  14. Oldcat

    Replay on channel 613 on direct tv score 12 12 glad u mentioned replay 10

  15. Rick Pitino

    He spells eligible & Athlete(twice) & no one notices? The other night akward & Standford was part of 2 trending topics on Twitter meaning millions spelled them that way.America is illiterate. …

  16. Oldcat

    Replay on channel 613 on direct tv score 12 12 glad u mentioned replay

  17. Rick Pitino

    *misspells eligible & athlete

  18. UK's Victorious Secret

    26. yea lets spend our way out! what happens when your i debt up to your eyeballs? spend! and your kidding right? Clinton was the key to bank failure…

  19. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door

    Deleting all the political posts except #11? Nice!!!

  20. Calipartytime

    oops, I was still signed in as Rick Pitino…

  21. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door

    Oops! I stand corrected. Apologies for jumping to conclusions Matt!

  22. LOLrepublicans

    18. I guess you’d rather spend up to your eyeballs on military and wars… but spending it on anything else, like our economy, is crazy? Common sense my friend, you don’t have it.

  23. catcrawler

    Are all of the spelling and grammatical errors suppose to garner sympathy from the Prez or what?

  24. Calipartytime

    & occurred too.

  25. Catfan

    Gary Hardin is my hero. Now we all need to do the exact same thing he did. Surely thousands of letters to president must help

    And matt, did this letter really make it to the president????

  26. Jim Beam

    Nothing like a political nerd fight…on…a…sports…blog

  27. Scott

    Considering the fact that nearly every post on this blog has some sort of error in spelling, punctuation, or sentence structure it seems a bit much to make this guy’s mistake a punchline.

  28. UK's Victorious Secret

    22. thanks for looking out for me. im stupid, backwoods, and have no common sense. but since when is Government intervention in the economy capitalism? ever heard of Adam Smith? Wealth of Nations? the invisble hand?

  29. Birther

    This Prez is too stupid to notice spelling mistakes unless it is written on his teleprompters to point out misspellings his Indonesian ass would not notice.

  30. Calipartytime

    I know vote buying is illegal but I’d cast a vote if he intervenes & makes him eligible by January 8th

  31. dead horse

    This is probably the only way Enes will be freed. NCAA has made it apparent that they are going to do all they can to keep him from playing for uk.

  32. CalifCatFan

    Free the Turk!!!

  33. catcrawler

    #28 You’ve got it all wrong buddy, it’s Capitalism that has it’s hand in Government– And then in turn, when those capitalists fail, they have the Government that they’ve been buying for decades come to help them out.

    Those same Capitalists are the same ones that have helped China conduct Mercantile policies that have gutted our manufacturing base.

  34. BeerCanChicken

    SEC Tourney is in Atlanta this year, and the best deal on great rooms can be found on the Wildcatnation.net group buy! Here is the information:

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  35. YoYo

    Yo Birther, I think you are still thinking of Bush. We got a new president. You may not like his politics, but he’s got an Ivy League degree and can read and write with little trouble. But I’m not sure how well he dodges shoes thrown at him during press conferences.

  36. pop

    lmbo welp this is bound to garner plenty of ridicule. who cares if he misspelled some words you ask? educated people. sorry about that.

    FREE ENES ANYWAYS

  37. UK's Victorious Secret

    haha well sh*t there goes my college education. There is a reason it’s called free-market economy. So i guess we have thrown capitalism out the window. and your telling me Obama has more capitlist policies right?

  38. A Level headed person

    I love how Barrack Obama has absolutely zero jurisdiction on the matter. Just because he is the president doesn’t mean he can do anything. This is like asking your car insurance agent if your arm is broken…This young man that wrote Mr. Obama did not only waste his time, but proves the lack of intelligence in the common Kentuckian. Thank you for proving your idiocy and reinforcing a stereotype. You are obviously just a UK fan and not a student or alumnus due to your obvious stupidity. If you may be a UK student, then I, also a UK student, will HIGHLY consider transferring as this is obviously not the place where I can meet my full potential.

    By the way, even if Obama felt strongly for your case and DID have jurisdiction in the issue, he still wouldn’t do anything. Not because he’s a HUGE North Carolina fan, but because he himself is an indecisive imbecile. Huckabee 2012.

  39. UK's Victorious Secret

    36. How is state 57 for Obama? sorry, i had to dish it back, there is no point in throwing around embarasing moments for presidents bc they have all had them. im off, lets get back to sports.

  40. A Level headed person

    By the way, the fact that you would waste your time writing the President about this matter, proves your lack of knowledge towards current events and insults not only your fellow Americans, but greatly insults the brave men and women who risk their lives, for far greater issues, overseas and here in the States. Your, sir, have zero respect for anyone but yourself and you should be ashamed of yourself.

  41. UK's Victorious Secret

    36. what is the 57th state called?

  42. UK's Victorious Secret

    41 agreed. This is a petty matter.

  43. HackRichards

    yeah I’d vote for that S.O.B. if he FREED ENES!

  44. KSR Fan

    Tell barry to free OUR country first! Quit trying to run my life into the ground and keep your fat wife away from our kids!
    Free ENES!
    Go CATS!
    F Loserville!

  45. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door

    36, Bush had an Ivy League degree too (Harvard MBA).

  46. A Level headed person

    Thank you, 43. He broke the rules anyway…he doesn’t deserved to be “freed.” I never understood why people ask for him to be “freed.” It’s not like he is in detainment. He is not allowed to play college basketball because he broke a clearly defined rule.

  47. Roger

    There are many times I don’t spell correctly due to typos. There are times that I may spell incorrectly because I do not take the time to check a word that I am not sure about. If the worst thing I do is misspell some words or use incorrect grammar, I will be able to get a good night’s sleep. Anyone that thinks they know it all need to watch the Spelling bee on ESPN. Most would be put out before they ever got to the TV rounds. Before making fun of people, remember, No one person has all knowledge. A farmer with a second grade education can teach things about the land and crop production that lawyers or doctors don’t know.

  48. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door

    32, glad we gave you an entertaining evening! :-)

  49. adam smith

    34. you obviously know nothing about economics because outsourcing is actually good for the united states economy. while some blue collar workers might lose their jobs that are meaningless in the grand scheme of things, it provides everyone else with a cheaper product or service and creates competition which ultimately benefits even those that lost their jobs in the first place. nice try

  50. Bilhelm

    Dec 30 2011 = Gary Hardin Day… Celebrate accordingly.

  51. ThomChristmas

    A “mopment”, as many know, is one of those glorious moments when, our good friend, Jon “Mop” Hood crams dunks and rains threes on our hated opponents.

    Mopments are known to be fan favorite moments whenever they occur.

  52. Ryan

    Who would admit to voting for this President? I am guessing he just put that in the letter as a way of buttering the President up….after all he is asking for a favor.

  53. Broken Promises

    I know it seems like everybody hates Obama, but we all need to come to grips with this reality: HE WON’T BE BEATEN IN 2012.

    2 main reasons why:

    1) Blacks still support him at an 87% clip. That is nearly impossible to overcome.

    2) There is not a Republican challenger strong enough to beat him. Don’t say Sarah Palin. She has the LEAST chance to beat him. Her negative rating is 50%, the highest of any republican politician.

    He has not been a good President, but he just will NOT be beaten in 2012 unless he literally turns this country into the 3rd world. And that ain’t gonna happen.

  54. Catsincebirth

    I’m a birther and proud of it !!!

  55. LOLrepublicans

    55. Let me translate your comment for you… “I’m an idiot and proud of it !!!”

  56. macon_volfan

    This thread is the reason why I, a Vol fan, keep visiting this site. Great stuff.

    #54-I don’t see him getting defeated either, but Bush 41 seemed pretty invincible 2 years into his term. In fact, SNL did a mildly funny skit c. early 1991 about Democrats trying to convince people to NOT nominate them for the 1992 election. Then, boom, 8 years of William Jefferson (Blythe) Clinton.

    Wonder what would happen if Obama came out and said he “would not see, and would not accept the nomination of his party for another term as president?” Back in the 1800’s it was common to only seek 1 term. Seems silly to us now, but back then the executive had little power.

  57. macon_volfan
  58. the fan

    Who cares if he Misspelled some words? the guy is a big UK fan. I have no clue why UK fans wanna make fun of other UK fans. I think its pretty cool he wrote a letter to the President. Damn cut the guy some slack.

  59. catcrawler

    #50 I have a BS in Economics and MA in Quantitative Asset Risk Management.
    Outsourcing is only good for me if I own stock in the company that outsources because I will gain wealth through capital gains and dividend payments.

    You are probably one of the million Americans in debt and you believe the tripe that the “cheaper” product is better even though much of that wealth leaves the country.

    You obviously know nothing about the Global Imbalances that are crippling the Western World
    Please don’t spew such simple minded punch lines that you get from Wal-Mart commercials.

  60. cat crawler can lick my balls

    60. and yet you like obama? you must be delusional

  61. FrogWilson

    FREE Enes!!!!

  62. GhostofBearBryant

    Should have written the prez of turkey.

  63. Just a Suggestion

    Near the end of Bush’s term, the stock market was circling the drain at 6600 points … it is currently over 11,500. The economy is NOT in the toilet. Think back a couple of years, folks.

  64. LOLrepublicans

    Republicans will likely stick Mitt Romney, a.k.a. The Liberal of Massachusetts, in for their next presidential candidate. He practically laid out the health care plan that they claim to hate, and yet they’ll all vote for him. Not being hypocritical was never their strong suit.

  65. catcrawler

    #61 I can see that you’re intellectually inferior and need to result to this. I’ve never said anything about Obama so don’t put words in my mouth.
    The way I see it, the fate of the dollar is sealed so go ahead and start collecting silver coins ok ? That’s the free advice I’ll give you and your tiny little balls.

  66. LOLrepublicans

    Outsourcing accounts for almost 2 million jobs, and could drop the unemployment rate by nearly 1.7%… saying it doesn’t matter is highly ignorant. You must be a Republican.

  67. the fan

    64,65,65,67. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  68. Gold

    #66, why not buy me? Everybody loves gold!

  69. Enes rhymes with Penis

    Someone should send Obama a FREE ENES t-shirt. I think that would really help the cause.

  70. ThomChristmas

    I’m with catcrawler. Capitalism is only a step in the long timeline of civilization.

  71. RicksVD says

    It hurts when I pee.

  72. Big Enes

    Thanks Gary! I don’t know catcrawler but I don’t like him either. Seems like a know-it-all. Probably one of these goofs who is betting on (hoping for) a Bear Market. Needs an elbow in the face. Don’t come down here in the paint with me.

  73. George Bush

    Miss me yet?

  74. catcrawler

    #69 Sure Gold is good. Silver has industrial use and would more likely be used in future currencies after Fiat currencies go bust. I think that the next world reserve currency (after the $$ loses that title) will be China’s renminbi or a basket of hydrocarbons and metals. China is planting the seeds now for this to be reality down the road. They also are spending dollars as fast as possible on precious metals.

  75. Barack

    I would take up the fight but I am too busy spending this country into oblivion. Catcrawler has it all wrong. The dollar is fine. I will keep printing them. Its just paper!

  76. duhville cat

    Enough politics already………
    “SUSPEND TERRANCE (the tazer) JENNINGS!!!!!

  77. CashforGold

    Catcrawler is right! Bring all your gold to me!

  78. catcrawler

    #73 I don’t know it all, but I know more than the average dolt (you).
    And I want you to know that it hurts my feelings that you don’t like me. I may not sleep well tonight.

  79. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door

    Matt must’ve gone to bed. He was deleting political comments as fast as they were being posted earlier!

  80. Tree Hugger

    So glad we have people like our president and Ashley Judd to decapitate our state’s economy. How nice of them. Great that we are moving to alternative fuels we do not have the technology for yet while eliminating jobs in the meantime. Nice that the economies of China and India will pass the US by 2050. Yep, seems they will pay dearly for using that dirty cheap fossil fuel.

  81. I

    yea all republicans are stupid and inferior intellectualy. thats why the governmet should do eveything for us! silly #73!

  82. Big Enes

    This average dolt’s education and iq dwarfs yours. Don’t speak of things you know nothing about (see know-it-all comment above) and thanks for making my point.

  83. Sawyer

    72 there he is!

  84. Roland65

    I absolutely love the banter that happens on this site. Just mention the name “Bush”, “Obama”, or, heaven forbid, “Palin”, and people go NUTS!!! The Left and the Right whip out there quotes and statistics (which are mostly regurgitated from whatever radio talk show they listen to) and the mud starts flying! Love it! However, this President, like him or not, has stated his love for college basketball, filling out his brackets for the world to see. So, I think it is totally appropriate for a fan, UK or otherwise, to assume that he at least would be interested. Of course, nobody would expect him to ever do anything about it. (But, didn’t Obama say something about fixing the BCS and having playoffs right before he was elected???) Resume fighting, please.

  85. WhiteCastle_Sliders

    Times like these is when UK needs Billy G. back. Toughness and whipping them…thats all

  86. MikeInLex

    Obama is the worst president ever, belongs in China…..thanks #10.

  87. WhiteCastle_Sliders

    Does anyone else stop at WhiteCastle and get a suitcase of sliders after being out all night drinking???? I just love those sliders after booze…that sweet onion smell and that grease!!!!….YUMMMMM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sliders folks..thats where its at! :)

  88. PoonTangCrawler

    I just got owned. Thanks for the lesson. I am going to collect my trinkets and precious metals now.

  89. jose to the chief

    74- NO. Folks, all politicians are the same. Know why? Because that’s all the corporations will give us. Three guys that will do what their corporate bosses tell them. We have a fake election and “elect” a candidate. The corporations don’t care who or what party, because they own them all. Wake up and see how badly you’re getting screwed. Democrat, Republican, doesn’t matter. ALL THE SAME. NONE of them are out for the general public’s best interests.

  90. andy

    54 before you type, put some thought into.your choice of language. It’s no longer referred to as 3rd world but rather developing country. You sir could be the poster child of ignorance as that word is demeaning to countries that are not as fortunate as us.

  91. stegbrent

    Tired of politics on this site.

  92. Fringe Lunatic

    The first sentence of his soliloquy speaks volumes about Mr. Hardin. “I voted for you.” Obviously the guy is a buffoon.

  93. Lincoln

    91 “Developing country” sounds much more demeaning than “Third World.” Also, not all third world nations are developing.

  94. elmer

    lol whats next? a letter to santa claus lol. u idiots.

  95. Megan

    11 – if you’re still around, why do you say Enes is a professional basketball player? Because he played on a professional team? The NCAA has no problem with that. Because he received money for expenses? Again, NCAA rules say that’s fine … to a point.

    Explain how receiving an overpayment of expense money – expense money – turns you into you a professional basketball player. Particularly when your front-court teammates are averaging over 7-figure salaries.

  96. Rob

    Here is something to amaze you like a magic trick. If you can read something enough to understand the point being driven and it has spelling errors……… Your apparently f’n Columbo. Mostly how unforgiving people are as thou their shzit don’t stank bet the ones that worry about it were bothered reletlessly by others of the Spellit Righta clan. Maybe he misspelled words to catch the presidents eye because your average voter population in America CANNOT SPELL much less make a choice. So next time you criticize some for grammer and misspelled words remember this statement Are you smarter than a fifth grader? (The show only one person has ever won.) Average Americans unite and misspell worlds forever. Let me make this clear Im a non attorney spokes person for leet people who waste time commenting on spelling errors.

  97. bmac

    so if the ncaa isn’t gonna allow the “cam newton” argument in respect to kanter, why couldn’t kentucky argue the ohio state argument? That the Kanter family wasn’t properly educated on the rules?

    it seems clear to me that a student athlete in college would have to know that selling their autographs or getting free use of luxury vehicles would violate a rule before a 16 year old would know the exact amount of money his family is allowed to receive towards his education.

    but i suppose that makes too much sense for the ncaa.

  98. bung

    i red tha letter an it looks spelt rite to me. I hope prez Busch does also to.

  99. Welcome To National Socialism

    This guy should have written the letter to George Soros. He’s the man running the country not Obama. Besides, the moron who wrote that letter doesn’t realize that Obama hasn’t accomplished jack shit unless you base your accomplishments on how much he’s destroyed our country. Barrack “National Socialist” Obama.

  100. Welcome To National Socialism

    Don’t fall for the “green” movement either. It’s all a joke. The planet will be here long after we’re gone. This place gets hit by asteroids and it still keeps on truckin’. We could do our worst and still couldn’t even scratch the surface of this planet. But hey, let’s all go buy electric cars so these green assholes can get rich just because some lobbyist says we’re hurting the planet. Change all those bad incandescent light bulbs because it’s destroying the planet! Spend billions so the White House can have solar panels even though it’s not a cost effective way of alternative energy. It’s all about getting rich and having power. These assholes intentionally create chaos and fear so people will flock to change so they can stay in power and get rich. Keep giving away little by little your individual freedoms until one day you wake up and they’re all gone and we’re no longer the United States of America but the National Socialist States of America.

  101. Losttoabetterteam

    This post will do nothing but make college basketball fans laugh at UK fans, who apparently think that a recruit who was paid will be made eligible by the President of the United States. Obama has plenty of other things to worry about, he doesn’t care about your sad story.

  102. dontsmokethebluegrass

    Enes is the only college player that made more money than Cam Newton.

  103. Gary Hardin

    I didn’t know I would spark such a political fire storm! 100 people have replied and OMG, what have I accomplished? Nothing more than bringing attention to a subject that has captured the hearts of many UK Fans. Thanks to everyone who commmented. Have a Happy New Year…………….. and “FREE ENES”

  104. BlueCapper

    67) You are clueless. He’s destroyed the auto and banking industries and is in the process of destroying health care, and you sit there berating US? Wow.

  105. droppedpasses

    I’d be more embarrassed by the very first sentence than the typo, “mopments.”

  106. Matthew Hays

    100) Mmm politics…