Enes Kanter will not compete out of fear of death, the journey of his NBA clubs New York Knicks to London. In the British capital, the Knicks on 17. January against the Washington Wizards. The Turkish-born Center believes that he could be killed because of his Opposition to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

“I will not travel with the Team to London because of the fucking Insane, the Turkish President,” said Kanter after the 119:112-victory of his team over the Los Angeles Lakers. “There is the possibility that I’ll be killed.” The 26-Year-old, who had criticised in the past years, Erdogan repeatedly, 2017 deprived of the Turkish nationality. Since then, Kanter is stateless.

Kanter is a self-confessed supporters of US-exiled Fethullah Gülen, the Turkish government for the failed coup attempt in 2016, responsible. At that time, the basketball team, wrote an open letter that he wrote with Enes (Kanter) GÜLEN.

“It is a great pity that all of this affects my career,” said Kanter. He wanted to support his Team in London. “But because of this Crazy, this Insane, this dictator, I can’t do my Job.”


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