Knicks’ Enes Kanter says anyone against Turkey president is a ‘target’

first_imgPhilippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers View comments Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra “I can’t risk traveling overseas. Even if I did, I wouldn’t travel this week to Britain, where I easily could be kidnapped or killed by Turkish agents,” he wrote.“Erdogan’s arms are long. He hunts down anyone who opposes him. In 2017, his security team —- or thugs, as The Post’s editorial board described them —- even beat up peaceful protesters outside the Turkish ambassador’s residence in Washington.“The situation in Turkey has been very bad since a failed coup attempt in 2016. Erdogan unleashed a massive purge, firing more than 100,000 public-sector workers and imprisoning more than 50,000 people. These people are not criminals. They include judges, academics and journalists. Erdogan thinks free speech is dangerous, and he accuses critics of being terrorists.”Kanter, 26, recounted being on the run from police in Indonesia and fearing he might be sent to Turkey when he arrived in Romania. After help from US lawmakers to get back into the United States, Kanter learned a Turkish arrest warranted for him had been issued.“Turkish prosecutors want to put me in jail for four years for insulting Erdogan on Twitter. They claim I am a member of an ‘armed terrorist organization,’” Kanter wrote.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ 3 teams pour in 140 points on high-scoring night in NBA “I was lucky. Turkish business executives, educators and others around the world have been kidnapped or detained, and then deported back to Turkey by governments eager to stay in Erdogan’s good graces.“Erdogan is a strongman and I knew there would be a backlash for the things I’ve said about him and the Turkish government, but I didn’t know it would be like this.”‘Dictator is wrecking Turkey’Kanter said he skipped last year’s Human Rights Foundation Freedom Forum in Oslo for reasons similar to those keeping him off the court this week in England.“I receive many death threats. I used to love walking around New York City alone, but I can’t do that anymore. My friends and family in Turkey could be arrested just for talking to me,” he wrote.“My decision not to travel to London was difficult from a competitive standpoint but much easier from a safety one. It helps puts a spotlight on how a dictator is wrecking Turkey — people have been killed, thousands are unjustly imprisoned and countless lives have been ruined. That is no game.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Anyone who speaks out against him is a target. I am definitely a target. And Erdogan wants me back in Turkey where he can silence me,” the 26-year-old Turkish standout wrote in an opinion essay on the newspaper’s website.Kanter says he is often told to “keep calm and play ball” rather than speak out against Erdogan, but said he prefers the philosophy of former NFL star Colin Kaepernick, who began kneeling during the pre-game US anthem to protest racial inequality and social injustice.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“The advice I prefer comes from Colin Kaepernick’s Nike ad campaign: ‘Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything,’” Kanter wrote.Kanter said Erdogan uses global law-enforcement group Interpol “as a tool for having his critics arrested in other countries” and worried because he lacks US citizenship or a US passport. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title (FILES) In this file photo taken on January 1, 2018, Enes Kanter of the New York Knicks plays the Denver Nuggets in Denver, Colorado. – Kanter, staying home from an NBA game JUanuary 17, 2019, in London over safety fears, ripped Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a Washington Post column on January 15. Kanter, who says he receives death threats for his complaints against Erdogan, said he refused to join the Knicks on the trip to Britain for a game against the Washington Wizards because he worried Erdogan might have him kidnapped or killed. (Photo by MATTHEW STOCKMAN / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP)New York Knicks center Enes Kanter, staying home from an NBA game Thursday in London over safety fears, ripped Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a Washington Post column Tuesday.Kanter, who says he receives death threats for his complaints against Erdogan, said he refused to join the Knicks on the trip to Britain for a game against the Washington Wizards because he worried Erdogan might have him kidnapped or killed.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegelast_img read more