Daily Gossip, Saturday 21/6/14

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With the majority of the leagues now at an end, perhaps the more anticipated fallout comes from Turkey, where many of us have been waiting to hear from the Galatasaray players, who famously refused to play Fenerbahce in the deciding Game 7 of the TBL Finals.

And Galatasaray’s Pops Mensah-Bonsu has released a statement that begins our gossip column.

STATEMENT FROM MENSAH-BONSU REGARDING THE TBL FINALS NO-SHOW.

“In an unfortunate chain of events it is a realistic possibility that the Turkish league Final Game 7 may not be played, tonight or at all! The health and safety of the players, coaches and team officials is the #1 concern of Galatasaray Sports club. The league levied a monetary fine against Fenerbahce for the behavior of their home fans during game 5. These sanctions did not meet the standards of the Galatasaray officials. No player deserves to be kicked, punched, spit on, insulted and threatened during the competition of a professional game, in a professional league! In a statement made by Galatasaray team president, the club is also considering withdrawing both the men’s and women’s basketball teams from participating in the Turkish leagues next season. All support and respect is given to President Ünal Aysal for standing his ground and honoring his principals and his players.”

DRAKE DIENER TO LEAVE SASSARI?

Serie A MVP Drake Diener is rumoured to be leaving Dinamo Sassari, local media reports.

Diener is possibly looking for Euroleague basketball next season after averaging 18.9 points and 4.3 rebounds for Sassari last season.

STIMAC OPTS OUT OF MALAGA CONTRACT

Vladimir Stimac has decided to opt out of his current contract with Unicaja Malaga, La Opinion de Malaga reports.

Stimac, a Serbian international who signed a 1+1 year deal at the beginning of last season, averaged 7.4 points and 5.1 rebounds in last season’s Euroleague for Unicaja Malaga.

COUSINS SCARES ESPN EMPLOYEES

Sacramento Kings’ DeMarcus Cousins took a trip to the ESPN production studios – dressed as the boogeyman.

Watch this funny video.