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Enes Kanter excluded from Turkish National Team, receiving death threats

I don’t know about you guys, but when I think of Turkish basketball players, I think of Enes Kanter. The Oklahoma City big man is one of three active Turkish players in the NBA, but, curiously, was left off the 20-man Turkish National Team roster that will compete in the European Championships.

Why? The team claims that Kanter wasn’t included because he has not apologized for “past incidents” — whatever that may mean — but Kanter claims he was left off because of his political views. On Twitter, Enes has been a vocal supporter of U.S.-based Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen, whom Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan blamed for the failed military coup that went down last week.

As KSR reader Kevooo pointed out to us on Twitter last night, Enes’ support of Gülen has been so polarizing that he’s received death threats, which he’s shared on Twitter. (According to Google Translate, Enes’ caption reads, “I received some death threats only last a few days! Breeding soul of all God,” and some of the tweets he shared read, “You will die soon,” and “You’ll be executed”):

Here are a few more menacing tweets Enes received today:

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Stay safe, Enes.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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8 Comments for Enes Kanter excluded from Turkish National Team, receiving death threats



  1. Jageewar
    2:38 pm July 18, 2016 Permalink

    Wow, and I thought the Ghostbuster critics were harsh…



  2. Sin The
    2:40 pm July 18, 2016 Permalink

    Makes me like Enes all that much more. Enes, become an American citizen, you are welcome here.



  3. chimichanga
    2:43 pm July 18, 2016 Permalink

    RE-FREE ENES



  4. ukjaybrat
    2:45 pm July 18, 2016 Permalink

    I’m sure this handful of people do not represent every in Turkey, but I wouldn’t want to represent them in the European games anyway. So is he really missing that much?



  5. the ghost of Bill Hicks
    3:26 pm July 18, 2016 Permalink

    At what point does someone delete a twitter account? This would be it for me…..



  6. A_Blue_Wildcat
    3:48 pm July 18, 2016 Permalink

    This is why you stay away from politics if you’re an athlete.



  7. Sarahvah
    3:58 pm July 18, 2016 Permalink

    Ah yes Turkey, the moderate country that’s vital to the fight against ISIS



  8. Dusten
    5:18 pm July 18, 2016 Permalink

    To anyone who may be wondering, Fethullah Gülen sounds like a great guy, according to his wikipedia page. I think it’s safe to say Enes is on the right side of this one.