Enes Kanter doesn’t even have a parking ticket in the United States, but the Turkish government is seeking an arrest warrant against the New York Knicks center, claiming he is a member of a terrorist organization.
According to the Associated Press, “prosecutors are seeking an Interpol ‘Red Notice’ citing Kanter’s ties to exiled Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, who is blamed for a failed coup in 2016, and accusing him of providing financial support to his group.”
But what is Kanter’s real crime? Criticizing the Turkish government and their President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Kanter had his Turkish passport revoked two years ago for criticizing the Turkish President.
The New York Knicks traveled to Europe for a game in London against the Washington Wizards earlier today, but Kanter did not make the trip with the team out of fear that he would be assassinated if he left the United States. The team and NBA commissioner Adam Silver stand by Kanter’s decision.
Kanter penned a letter in the Washington Post on Tuesday, warning that anyone who speaks out against Erdogan is a target, including himself. Kanter writes, “I wouldn’t travel this week to Britain, where I easily could be kidnapped or killed by Turkish agents. Erdogan’s arms are long. He hunts down anyone who opposes him.”
Kanter has been quoted as calling Erdogan “the Hitler of our century” in the past.
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