NBA player claims passport revoked for criticizing Turkish president

NBA player claims passport revoked for criticizing Turkish president
Enes Kanter (Image: The Hill video screen grab)

An NBA player accused the Turkish government of having “cancelled” his passport in Romania as punishment for his critical views of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Enes Kanter, who was traveling through Europe, posted a video to Twitter on Saturday claiming the Turkish embassy cancelled his passport, leaving him stranded in Romania.

“We are in Romania and they said they cancelled my passport by [the] Turkish embassy,” said Kanter, a player for the Oklahoma City Thunder.

“The reason behind it is just, of course, my political views and the guy who did it is, you know, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the president of Turkey.”

Kanter slammed Erdogan, citing the recent violent clash that occurred earlier this week when Erdogan’s bodyguards were seen on video roughing up protestors outside the Turkish ambassador’s residence in Washington, D.C.

“You guys know him,” Kanter continued. “He has attacked the people in Washington. He is a bad, bad man. He is a dictator and he is the Hitler of our century.”

Top lawmakers like Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) condemned the attack on protestors.

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