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Gülen and Erdoğan were once political allies. But after nationwide protests of Erdogan’s government in 2013 led to a highly criticized crackdown and 22 deaths, Gülen withdrew his support. A corruption scandal followed, which Erdoğan blamed on a political group formed of Gülen’s followers. Kanter is one of those followers. He’s a vocal supporter of the movement and highly critical of Erdoğan. “If you don’t think the same way the president, he tries to stop you on everything,” Kanter said.
Kanter believes his outspoken opposition is why he was left off Turkey’s Eurobasket roster. “Say you’re playing a sport, you can’t be on national team,” Kanter said. “Say you’re a singer, he shut down all the concerts so you can’t give any speeches. He’s a dictator.”
The last seven years have created a strained relationship between Kanter and his country. Some of that is due to his outspoken mentality. But that’s not something he plans to change. “I like Turkey,” Kanter said. “And if I see something bad, I’m not scared of the president. If I see something wrong, I will say it.”
Just days after threatening Kevin Durant on national television, ESPN star Stephen A. Smith tells TMZ Sports things are somehow cool between him and the basketball player. Smith was leaving the SiriusXM radio studio in NYC when we asked if there’s been any movement in their relationship since the epic, “You really wanna start something with ME?” moment on Monday. “Kevin Durant and I are just fine,” Smith said … “Just fine.”
Oklahoma City Thunder All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook and Grammy-winning country music superstar Ronnie Dunn will be among the presenters at the 2015 Oklahoma Hall of Fame Banquet & Induction Ceremony.