Enes Kanter Skips Knicks Game in London Over Fear of His Own Life
The New York Knicks will be undermanned when they take on the Washington Wizards on January 17 at the O2 Arena in London, England.
It’s not for the reason you may think.
“Sadly, I’m not going because of that freaking lunatic, the Turkish president,” said Knicks center Enes Kanter, in fear of Turkish spies. “There’s a chance that I can get killed out there. So I’m just going to stay here.”
A vocal critic of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Kanter was stopped in a Romanian airport back in May 2017 after the Turkish embassy canceled his passport. A month following the incident, Kanter’s father, a university professor, was arrested by the Turkish government for his son’s political views. Of all the things said, Kanter called the Turkish president “the Hitler of our century.”
“It’s pretty sad that just all this stuff affects my career in basketball, because I want to be out there helping my team win,” the Turkish native said. “But just because of that one lunatic guy, one maniac or dictator, I can’t even go out there and just do my job. So it’s pretty sad.”
“They got a lot of spies there. I can get killed pretty easy,” He added.
In what has turned into a scary circumstance, this is an incident unlike any seen before in NBA circles.