A NY basketball player has said he will not travel to London for an upcoming game because he fears he could be assassinated over his opposition to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Knicks officials said Kanter would not travel due to visa issues.
Incidentally, Kanter came to his decision sometime before Friday night's contest with the Los Angeles Lakers. "That's why I talked to the front office, and I'm not going so I'm just going to stay here and just practice here". "I think I can get killed there easy". So that's why I talked to the front office.
Kanter plans to stay behind and practice while the team travels to England.
"All this stuff affects my career in basketball. So it's pretty sad", Kanter added.
His Turkish passport was revoked in 2017, and an global warrant for his arrest was issued, with Turkish prosecutors asking for Kanter to be jailed for up to four years. In 2016, Kanter voiced his dissent after a bombing in Ankara, the Turkish capital. I want to help my team win, but because of one lunatic guy I can't even go there to do my job. Easy. They have a lot of spies there. "That will be a very ugly situation".
Mehmet was charged with "membership in a terror group" last summer, according to the Associated Press, and Enes believes that if he goes to England, he will be in danger because of his beliefs.
Kanter is referencing Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who put out an global warrant for Kanter's arrest back in 2017 after Kanter spoke negatively on the President's behalf.
If Kanter were to return to Turkey, it is thought that he would be immediately arrested and detained, Sports Illustrated said. The Turkish government has accused Gulen of masterminding a failed military coup in 2016.
The win ended the Knicks' eight-game losing streak and improved their record to 10-29 for the season, but the team remains second from bottom in the Eastern Conference standings.