Knicks center Enes Kanter is being accused by Turkish prosecutors of membership in a terror organization. The nation is seeking an international arrest warrant for Kanter, according to a report by the Associated Press.
An extradition request for the NBA player is being prepared by the Istanbul chief prosecutor's office, according to Sabah newspaper. The report says prosecutors are seeking an Interpol "Red Notice" regarding Kanter's ties to Fethullah Gulen, and a former Turkish citizen living in the United States who is a religious scholar and preacher. Gülen denies involvement in the Günç, Gulen, who is an opponent of the Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and is blamed for a failed coup in 201
Turkish Government can NOT present any single piece of evidence of my wrongdoing. 🤷
I did not even have a parking ticket in the US 😂 (True)
I have always been a law-abiding resident. 😇 https://t.co/DxLgvFcTST
– Enes Kanter (@Enes_Kanter) January 16, 2019
The report comes weeks after Kanter refused to travel with the Knicks to London for their regular season game against the Wizards on Thursday, saying his life would be in danger. The 26-year-old is a wanted criminal in Turkey because of his criticism against Erdogan and his passport was revoked by the Turkish government the last time he traveled abroad
"I talked to the front office and they said I ' m not going because of that freaking lunatic, the Turkish present, "Kanter said on Jan. 4 after New York's win over the Lakers. "That's why I talked to the front office. I'm not going so I'm just going to stay here, just practice It's pretty sad because it affects my career, my "
Kanter said he could be killed easily," I can not believe it, "From the possibility of Turkish spies targeting him in London, adding that he would be" a very ugly situation. " The center has referred to Erdogan as "the Hitler of our century" and was almost seized by Turkish intelligence in Indonesia during the spring of 2017 while on a world tour for his charitable organization.