Just hours before his team tips off Game Seven against the Denver Nuggets, Enes Kanter delivered a powerful Mother’s Day message on Twitter.
Can you please help me share this message for my mom ?
Thanks a lot ?
— Enes Kanter (@Enes_Kanter) May 12, 2019
For those that have not followed Kanter closely since he left Lexington, the Turkish born player has been at odds with his home country over the past few years. In 2016, Kanter referred to the president of Turkey as the, “Hitler of our century.” This comment forced his family to publicly disown him for fear of their own safety.
Nearly two years ago, the Turkish government canceled Kanter’s passport which at the time temporarily stranded him Romania, but he was able to fly to London before making it back to the United States. Later on in 2017, the government issued an arrest warrant for the NBA player and recommends a possible jail time sentence of four years.
This has forced Kanter to remain in the US and not travel to Turkey to see his family. This season, he also did not travel to games played in London or Toronto for fear that he would not be safe.
Many of us do take our loved ones for granted and do not realize the struggle that some, like Kanter, have to deal with on a daily basis. The Turkish government has made it to where natives of the country can watch any NBA game except ones that Kanter plays in, because of how he has spoken out against the country.
Here is to hoping that his message can find his mom in Turkey, because every mom deserves to hear their son/daughter say Happy Mother’s Day.