Oklahoma City Thunder center Enes Kanter, 25, is facing arrest by the country of Turkey for his alleged involvement with a terrorist organization known as Fethullah Gulen.
According to a pro-government Turkish newspaper called Daily Sabah, Kanter has supported the group, which allegedly staged a failed coup against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan last year, on social media. He is accused of having used an encrypted messaging app called Bylock, which Turkey claims was created just for Gulen supporters.
Using Twitter, Kanter responded to the story in Turkish, which was translated as saying, “You cannot catch me. Hahaha. Don’t waste your energy. I am already going to come to [Turkey] to spit on all of your ugly, hate-filled faces.”
Hepinizin o çirkin, nefret dolu suratlarınıza tükürmeye zaten kendim geleceğim. pic.twitter.com/hw0LUp4MNo
— Enes Kanter (@Enes_Kanter) May 26, 2017
Last week, Kanter tweeted about being detained at a Romanian airport for a while after Turkey canceled his passport because of his political beliefs.
I'm being held at Romanian airport by Police!! pic.twitter.com/uYZMBqKx54
— Enes Kanter (@Enes_Kanter) May 20, 2017
Once he was allowed to leave the country, Kanter, who was born in Switzerland, held a news conference stating that he wants to become an American.
“Right now, I am country-less,” said Kanter. “I am open to adoption definitely. I am going to try to become an American citizen. I have a green card. We will see if they can speed up the process a little bit. It would definitely be nice. Right now my next move is becoming an American citizen.”
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