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Enes Kanter Discusses Travel Issues in Interview With BBC

(Photo via Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

(Photo via Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Former Kentucky and current New York Knicks center Enes Kanter did not travel with his teammates as they embarked to London in the NBA’s first game of the season in England.

The Knicks lost, 101-100, to the Washington Wizards on a game-winning shot that was ruled a goaltend, but it was Kanter’s reasoning for remaining back home in the United States that rightfully stole the headlines.

In a sit-down interview with BBC, Kanter explains his situation with the Turkish government, Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and why he stayed in America out of fear rather than because of travel issues.

The full article can be found here, but Kanter posted the interview in two parts to his Twitter account.

Here are some of the more chilling quotes from Kanter from the interview.

“If I step outside of America I’m not feeling safe. I don’t feel safe.”

“If I step in Turkey, you probably won’t hear a word from me ever again…. I don’t know what would they [Erdogan supporters] do, but I know it will be very ugly”

Those are some frightening quotes. Kanter won’t be able to obtain American citizenship until 2021 and said he doesn’t plan on leaving the country until he is a full United States citizen. If the NBA continues to expand their reach outside of the United States and into countries across Europe, this could be a reoccurring problem for the Switzerland native.

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Recruiting reporter for KSR. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR

3 Comments for Enes Kanter Discusses Travel Issues in Interview With BBC

  1. DelrayCat
    10:58 pm January 18, 2019 Permalink

    Kanter is thanking his lucky stars for one Robert Mueller. Had it not been for him and the FBI launching a counter-intelligence operation on the Trump campaign and Russia….Mike Flynn and Guiliani would have been loyal agents to Turkey and sent Kanter and the Cleric back to be imprisoned for their bogus crimes. Ask yourself this…What is the real reason we are pulling out of Syria? and why is Trump kissing up to Erdogan and Turkey? …its because someone wants to build a Trump Istanbul one day.
    Grifters gonna grift.

  2. FlySoup
    8:41 am January 19, 2019 Permalink

    Switzerland native?

    • runningunnin.454
      10:37 am January 19, 2019 Permalink

      He was born in Zurich, while his father worked on his degree. They probably should have stayed there.