OKC Thunder center Enes Kanter says he’s being held in Romania after Turkey revokes his passport


Oklahoma City Thunder center Enes Kanter says his passport was canceled by the Turkish government and that’s he’s being detained by police at an airport in Romania.

Kanter, who turned 25 Saturday, posted a 45-second video via Twitter – “I’m being held at Romanian airport by Police!!” – to explain his situation.

According to ESPN, Kanter is traveling the world as part of his charity efforts as part of his Enes Kanter Light Foundation.

The Thunder is working with the NBA to gather more information about Kanter’s detainment, Thunder beat writer Erik Horne of The Oklahoman reported.

The 6-11 NBA center has been an outspoken critic of the goverment in Turkey.

Kanter called Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan the “Hitler of our century” in his short video.

“He’s a bad, bad man. He’s a dictator.”

Kanter’s support of the Gulen movement in Turkey and its leader Fethullah Gulen has also cost the NBA veteran his relationship with his relatives in his home country.

Thunder center Enes Kanter says he's being held in Romania after Turkey revokes his passport.
Thunder center Enes Kanter says he’s being held in Romania after Turkey revokes his passport.

“Today I lost my mother, father, brothers and sisters, my family and all my relatives,” Kanter wrote in a 2016 letter, translated by eurohoops.net and published by NewsOK.com. “My own father asked me to change my surname. My mother, who has given me life disowned me. My brothers and sisters with which we have grown together ignore me.”

Edrogan blamed the Gulen movement for an attempted military coup in Turkey last year. Gulen is living in exile in the United States.

Kanter also believes his political views have kept him from being named to Turkey’s national team in recent years. He had been a star on both Turkey’s Under-16 and U-18 clubs, including winning MVP honors at the 2009 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championships.

“I’ll keep you posted, guys, but just pray for us and I’ll tell you guys what’s going on,” Kanter said at the end of the video.

Kanter was the third overall pick by the Utah Jazz in the 2011 NBA draft. He was traded to the Thunder in 2015.

Original http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/video-enes-kanter-turkey-gov-revoked-passport-article-1.3181429

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