OKC Thunder player’s Turkish passport revoked by govt, over his criticism of Erdogan

OKC Thunder player’s Turkish passport revoked by govt, over his criticism of Erdogan
Enes Kanter gets down with new friends in Singapore, during a post-season goodwill tour in May 2017. (Image: Screen grab, Twitter video)

[Ed. – Erdogan’s security goons might have a harder time wrestling down Enes Kanter than they did the protesters in Washington, D.C. this week.  Kanter is a 6’11” center for the Thunder.  But Erdogan can hurt him in other ways, by pressuring his family, who still live in Turkey, to disown him.  This is the level of oppressive autocracy Erdogan is now imposing on Turkey.]

Oklahoma City Thunder center Enes Kanter is being detained in Romania after his passport was “canceled” by the Turkish embassy on Saturday morning, he said in a video posted to Twitter.

Kanter, who arrived in Bucharest from Jakarta, Indonesia, as part of his 2017 Enes Kanter Light Foundation global tour, posted a video on Twitter in which police officers have “been holding us here for hours.”

“The reason behind it is just, of course, my political views,” Kanter, who turned 25 Saturday, said in the video. “And the guy who did it is Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the president of Turkey.”

The Thunder said they are working with the league office and gathering information through the appropriate channels. …

After a letter published by his father last summer in a Turkish newspaper, Kanter announced he had been disowned by his family because of his political views.

“Today I lost my mother, father, brothers and sisters, my family and all my relatives,” Enes Kanter wrote in the statement, which was translated to English. “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.”

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