Enes Kanter Says Father Arrested In Turkey
OKLAHOMA CITY - Enes Kanter announced his father has been arrested by the Turkish government on Friday, tweeting that Mehmet Kanter could be tortured along with thousands of others.
HEY WORLD— Enes Kanter (@Enes_Kanter) June 2, 2017
MY DAD HAS BEEN ARRESTED
by Turkish government and the Hitler of our century
He is potentially to get tortured as thousand others
The Thunder center has publicly criticized Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan for years, while supporting exiled cleric Fetullah Gulen. Kanter was publicly disowned by his family last August in what many thought was a necessary attempt to avoid backlash in Turkey. He was cut off from direct communication between his mother and father, relying on his brother, who plays college basketball in the U.S., for news from back home.
Kanter wants to become an American citizen and can do so after being a permanent resident in the U.S. for five years or three years if he marries a U.S. citizen. He currently holds a green card which will allow him to travel to Canada for NBA games without a passport.
Kanter released this statement on Friday: