Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Iranian basketball player barred from NBA.

A few NBA teams have reportedly reached out to Iranian basketball prospect Hamed Ehadadi to discuss a possible transfer to the United States. But, current federal law prohibits the teams from negotiating with Ehadadi:

basket.gifIn the letter, which was sent Friday, NBA legal counsel wrote: “It has come to our attention that representatives of Hamed Ehadadi, an Iranian basketball player, may be contacting NBA teams to discuss the possibility of signing Mr. Ehadadi to an NBA player contract.

“We have been advised that a federal statue (sic) prohibits a person or organization in the United States from engaging in business dealings with Iranian nationals.”

The NBA is applying to the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control for a license that, “if granted,” would allow teams to negotiate with Ehadadi.

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