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Enes Kanter Subject of Arrest Warrant in Turkey For Alleged Involvement in Terror Group
Following an incident last week where Enes Kanter said he was held at a Romanian airport after Turkey cancelled his passport due to his political beliefs, the Turkish government has now issued an arrest warrant for the Oklahoma City Thunder center.
This was Kanter last week:
I’m being held at Romanian airport by Police!! pic.twitter.com/uYZMBqKx54
— Enes Kanter (@Enes_Kanter) May 20, 2017
According to AFP, pro-government Turkish newspaper Daily Sabah reported the warrant is due to Kanter’s support on social media for Fethullah Gulen, who is alleged to have staged a failed coup against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan last year.
They state Kanter used an encrypted messaging app called Bylock, which Turkey says was created for use by Gulen supporters.
Kanter has since responded to the story via Twitter, writing in Turkey,“You cannot catch me. Hahaha. Don’t waste your energy. I am already going to come to [Turkey] to spit on all of your ugly, hate-filled faces.”
The six-year NBA veteran recently expressed his desire to become an American citizen, “Right now I am country-less. I am open to adoption definitely. I am going to try to become an American citizen. I have a green card. We will see if they can speed up the process a little bit. It would definitely be nice. Right now my next move is becoming an American citizen.”
Kanter averaged 14.3 points and 6.7 rebounds per game for OKC in 2016-17.
H/T – ESPN