Enes Kanter: “I’m getting death threats almost every day”


Date posted: May 23, 2017

Turkish-born NBA player Enes Kanter has returned to the United States after his home country revoked his passport.

Kanter, who plays center for the Oklahoma City Thunder, has long been an outspoken critic of Turkey’s President Erdogan. He says Turkey canceled his passport in retaliation for his political views.

Last year, Turkey revoked the passports for tens of thousands of Turkish citizens living abroad.

Appearing on “CBS This Morning” Monday, Kanter said the trouble began while he was in Indonesia: “I was sleeping around 2:30 or something and my manager knocked on my door. He said the Secret Service and the Indonesian army were looking for me because the Turkish government told them I was a dangerous man.

“We didn’t know what we had to do. We escaped the country and went to Singapore, then we came to Romania.”

He was detained at an airport in Bucharest, where he was told that his Turkish passport had been canceled and he was not allowed in the country.

After flying to London, the 6-foot-11-inch Kanter was allowed to fly to the United States. “I want to say thank you to Homeland Security, State Department, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBPA — we were all working as a team,” he said. “It was definitely a crazy moment!”

Kanter’s tale comes at a time when Erdogan has declared a new state of emergency. He has arrested 120 journalists, closed more than 150 news outlets and jailed 140,000 people.

Kanter believes Erdogan used last year’s coup attempt as an excuse to crack down and that “he wants to be a one-man show. … The victims are the innocent people. That’s why he was trying to blame them because they were speaking the truth.”

And Kanter believes he is one of Erdogan’s targets because he has been an outspoken critic — so much so, Kanter has been disowned by his own family.

“Of course, it’s tough,” he said. “But I stand by what I believe. I want to be the voice for those innocent people. And I believe what I’m doing is right.”

“Do you think your life is in danger? That your family is in danger?” asked “CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King.

“I’m getting death threats almost every day, still,” Kanter said. “I believe when I leave this set, when I leave this room, I’m going to keep getting death threats, but you know what? I stand by what I believe.”

While he says he hopes to one day return to Turkey, he doesn’t see that happening any time soon.

“I love my country,” he said. “One day I definitely want to go back to my country, but right now my life is in danger, my family’s life is in danger. I can’t communicate with my family because if they knew they communicated with me, they’ll be in jail.”

“And you’ll continue to speak up even though your life is in danger?” asked King.

“There are thousands of journalists, thousands of innocent people, moms, dads, lost their homes, lost their jobs. I want to be the voice of them,” he replied.

Amid tensions over the Turkish leader’s authoritarian crackdown and human rights abuses, Erdogan met with President Trump last week at the White House.

Eleven people were hurt in violent clashes between protesters and Erdogan’s security team. The Secret Service is investigating.

Nine Hurt in Violent Demonstration at Turkish Ambassador’s Residence by VOA News on YouTube

On a separate topic, Kanter was asked his prediction on who will win this year’s NBA Finals.

“That’s a nice question!” he said. “I don’t like Golden State. That’s why I’m shooting for Cleveland.”

Source: CBS News , May 22, 2017


Related News

Turkey’s AKP planning to blame Hizmet movement for Deep State’s crimes

Online government whistleblower Fuat Avni has claimed that the government is concocting a plan to blame the clandestine assassinations of the ‘deep state’ and the violent domestic acts planned by the National Intelligence Agency (MİT) on the Hizmet movement.

Funeral prayer held for Turkish volunteer Zengindemir in Oklahoma City

During the memorial ceremony, a message sent by Oklahoma State Governor Mary Fallin was read. “I am so saddened to learn of the passing of Murat. Although his time on Earth was short, he leaves a lasting impact upon the state of Oklahoma with his cheerful and kind heart. He worked tirelessly to foster a better understanding of different cultures and the importance of building relationships. I always enjoyed seeing him and appreciated his support.

Turkish government defiant as battle over prep schools rises

Both the government and the Gülen movement have raised the stakes in the debate over a plan to regulate private prep schools, or dershanes. The tension recently peaked, with Erdoğan describing the group’s objection to his government’s plans as a “smear campaign.” Ekrem Dumanlı, editor-in-chief of daily Zaman, which is known for its close ties with the Gülen movement, wrote an open letter to Erdoğan and urged him to review his decision.

Erdogan and Gulen: Inevitable Clash?

Unlike Turkey’s classical Islamic activists, Gulen always distanced himself from politics, and like Said Nursi, his main source of inspiration, his message was focused on grassroots social activism, most importantly an education combining both Islam and modern science. Hizmet’s main goal was social: raising a new “golden” generation fusing moderate Muslim and Modern ethics to become the backbone of Turkey’s society and bureaucracy and its messengers to the world.

A warning from and for a troubled land – how easily a democracy can be dismantled

Recently a messenger came to Colorado with dark warnings from a troubled land: Abdulhamit Bilici, the former editor-in-chief of Zaman, Turkey’s go-to newspaper before President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s brutal crackdown. You don’t often meet people like Abdulhamit Bilici in the United States. You almost can’t believe that someone with his backstory sits before you.

The hype about the Gülen Movement

Mustafa AKYOL Recently, there was a long New York Times story about the matter, which quoted a Turkish journalist who believed that Gülen followers “have proliferated within the police and the judiciary, working behind the scenes to become one of Turkey’s most powerful political forces.” So, as another Turkish journalist, let me also tell you […]

Latest News

Fethullah Gülen’s Condolence Message for South African Human Rights Defender Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Hizmet Movement Declares Core Values with Unified Voice

Ankara systematically tortures supporters of Gülen movement, Kurds, Turkey Tribunal rapporteurs say

Erdogan possessed by Pharaoh, Herod, Hitler spirits?

Devious Use of International Organizations to Persecute Dissidents Abroad: The Erdogan Case

A “Controlled Coup”: Erdogan’s Contribution to the Autocrats’ Playbook

Why is Turkey’s Erdogan persecuting the Gulen movement?

Purge-victim man sent back to prison over Gulen links despite stage 4 cancer diagnosis

University refuses admission to woman jailed over Gülen links

In Case You Missed It

Turkey’s Purge Could Cause a Massive Brain Drain

‘Young Turks’ Of Bridge Building

Nigerien Minister of Education at Kimse Yok Mu

President Zuma sends message to the South African – Turkish Business Association Business Awards

Bipartisan think-tank: The U.S. should not interfere politically in Gülen extradition case

Albania deports Gülen follower at Turkey’s request despite court rejection of extradition

Turkey overshadows war-hit Syria in number of academics seeking asylum elsewhere

Copyright 2023 Hizmet News