The country of Turkey is not a fan of New York Knicks’ center Enes Kanter.
The government of Turkey is looking to send New York Knicks center Enes Kanter to prison for at least four years, for insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, according to ESPN.com.
Anadolu Agency says that Istanbul’s chief prosecutor’s is accusing Kanter of insulting the president due to a bunch of tweets he posted on Twitter between May of 2016 and June of 2016.
Kanter says the possible indictment isn’t a big deal.
“You guys were seeing today that I was just out there having fun, playing basketball and practicing with my teammates,” Kanter said. “…. You guys are going to say, ‘How do you get used to, like, prison, this and that, whatever?’ I think it’s just nothing to me, man, because I’m in America. I’m good. My focus right now is just going out there, playing basketball, having fun with my teammates and just winning, and just thinking about playoffs. I don’t really think about all this stuff, whatever. They can do whatever they want to do.”
Kanter has made it clear in the past that he supports Fethullah Gulen, who is a U.S. based cleric who has been blamed for last year’s Turkish military coup that ended up failing.
Kanter says he just heard the news of the indictment on Wednesday.
“I was like, ‘Oh, four years.’ I was like, ‘That’s it? Only four years? All the trash I’ve been talking?’ I said I promise you guys, it doesn’t really bother me a little, even one bit,” he said. “My thing is just going out there and just playing basketball.”
Kanter says that the president of Turkey is crazy.
“That dude is maniac. Think about it. I mean, America … you’ve got freedom of whatever you want to say. I mean, it’s a free country. But it’s not like that in Turkey. You cannot criticize or you cannot even say nothing bad about the dude, Erdogan. Just, like, say he’s a bad guy and you’re in a prison. It’s politics. People can choose or say whatever they want to say. I think right now the situation there is pretty messed up.”
This is just an example of how fortunate we are to live in a country like the United States.
Even though the Turkish government wants to send Kanter to prison, the U.S. government would have to allow them to extradite him back to Turkey and I don’t believe that will happen.
This is an unfortunate situation and we wish nothing but the best for Kanter and the people of Turkey.