Turkey Rumors

Over the past few years, Kanter has used his substantial platform as an international star athlete to condemn Turkey’s pivot towards authoritarianism under president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Kanter has been an outspoken critic against Erdoğan and the deepening human rights crisis taking place under his regime. “There is no freedom of speech in that country,” Kanter told the Guardian during a phone interview. “It’s heartbreaking.”
“The last time I saw my family was back in 2015,” Kanter said. “My dad was a genetics professor and he got fired from his job. My sister went to medical school for six years and she cannot find a job right now because of her last name. One of the saddest things is that my little brother’s dream was to be an NBA player but he literally got kicked out of every team in Turkey.” Kanter also revealed that his family was pressured to publicly disown him, and they eventually asked him to change his family name, which he refused to do. He has not spoken to his parents or siblings in years. “I can’t even remember the last time I spoke to my family,” he added.
Boston Celtics center Enes Kanter posted a message on Twitter saying that if he ever returns to his native Turkey, he’ll want to play for Fenerbahce Beko again. Kanter has been labeled terrorist by the Turkish government due to his support of exiled cleric Fethullah Gulen. “There is always someone calling me. Thank you, you are not leaving me alone. My dear team and only love Fenerbahce. I wore their jersey with pride and if I return to my country again, it’s the only team that I want to wear its jersey. Thanks and regards to all the board [of the club],” Kanter wrote on Twitter while posting a photo of himself from the days he played for Fenerbahce. He also changed his profile picture to this photo.
“I told myself after my first year in Europe that if I’m going to stay, I’m going to play for the team with the best fans and coach out here,” Williams said. “If I was going to go back to the NBA, that was going to be my best bet. I just wanted to make sure I was 100% ready to capitalize on the opportunities I was going to get. I’m only 28, and I feel I’m getting better and more consistent as every year goes. I love it out here. It’s fun, can’t complain, but who knows. Maybe next year, some NBA things might happen.”
Shane Larkin: I am honored and humbled to have an opportunity to represent this country by joining the Turkish National Team. Extremely excited to wear this jersey with the Turkish Flag across my chest with pride. I cannot guarantee any success, accomplishments, or victories. But the one thing that I can promise you is that I will give every single ounce of sweat, energy and effort for this Country. You have my word.
Enes Kanter: I can NOT believe this You Freaking ANIMALS 🤬 👇 TURKEY could introduce new law at the end of January,allowing rapists to marry their underage victims The “marry your rapist” bill would allow men accused of having sex with underage girls to avoid prosecution if they marry them pic.twitter.com/CerZP9IwIX

In November, Kanter made the last-minute decision to travel to Washington to highlight Erdoğan’s human-rights abuses the day before the Turkish president was set to visit President Trump in the Oval Office. He had a Celtics practice in Boston that day, so he had to appeal to his new coach, Brad Stevens. “I talked to Coach Brad, he’s like, ‘You go,’” said Kanter, sporting black Celtics warmups. “And not just Coach Brad. I talked to the GM, Danny Ainge. I talked to Mike Zarren, his assistant GM, and they all said, ‘You’re good to go.’ It just made me really happy that they care about what’s going on off the court.”
“I want to thank Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government, U.S. and Canadian law enforcement, U.S. Senator Ed Markey, the Celtics, the NBA and my managers for working diligently to make my Christmas game against the Raptors possible and ensuring my safety there,” Kanter writes in the Globe. “And, on Christmas night, I will play in my first game as a Celtic outside the U.S. when I take the court against the Raptors.”
Kanter draws attention to what many see as an increasingly anti-democratic regime. And he does so at great personal risk. “I’ve been getting death threats since probably 2015 and ’16, and I’m used to them now,” Kanter said. “People are asking me if I’m taking them seriously. Of course, you’re going to take them seriously because those are death threats. Doesn’t matter where they come from — your phone, your Instagram, Twitter, this and that. I used to take like screenshots of them. But it got to a point, it [was] like there’s so many. I’m like, ‘I’m not going even bother doing it. I’m just going to leave it alone.’ ”
Afterward, Kanter made the rounds on Capitol Hill, visiting nearly a dozen lawmakers from both parties, strolling hallways with which he’s become familiar in a dark suit and designer sneakers. “You guys know my story because I play in the NBA,” Kanter said at the news conference. “But there are thousands and thousands of stories out there that are way worse than mine. That’s why I’m trying to use my platform to be the voice of all those innocent people who don’t have one.”
“Even when someone has a good cause and a personal story to tell, they get into it so intensely that you almost want to back away from them for a moment,” said Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y. “But he’s so calm and so reflective, he draws you in and you want to listen.” “His approach to the conflict in Turkey is a humble one,” said Rep. Adriano Espaillat, D-N.Y. “He’s a humble spokesman, one that I think can get his message across better than a politician.”
Turkish NBA player Enes Kanter on Tuesday strongly condemned Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the operation he launched against Kurdish forces in northern Syria. “(Erdogan) has no respect for human rights,” the Boston Celtics center said in an interview with CNN. “There is no democracy. There is no freedom of speech, religion or expression in Turkey. “He’s definitely a very bad man,” Kanter said of Erdogan. “I called him the Hitler of our century for a reason.”
The 27-year-old Kanter said he would continue to speak out despite the threat of reprisals to himself and his family in Turkey. “I’m trying to create awareness of what’s going on because I have a platform,” he said. “I’m trying to be the voice of all those innocent people who don’t have one. “It’s very sad because in the end, it’s my country. I love my country,” he said.

Enes Kanter harassed

Boston Celtics and Turkey center Enes Kanter said he had been harassed outside a Massachusetts mosque on Friday by two men he described as supporters of Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan. Kanter, who filmed the incident and posted it on Twitter, is an outspoken critic of the Turkish regime and its human rights record. He was indicted by a Turkish court last year on charges of belonging to an armed terrorist group, which he denies.
“For us, it doesn’t matter who our opponent is, because we are trying to be ourselves. We have a lot of young players, a lot of experienced players, when we step into the court we wanna beat whoever we play against. The USA has a lot of players who can change the game. Today, the game was in our hands. We need to build confidence and be proud of this game”, said Korkmaz. “It really hurts. When the game goes to overtime, it doesn’t matter with how many points you lose. For us the most important thing is to put this game behind and focus on the game against Czech Republic”, he added.