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 GÃ¼len, 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 GÃ¼len 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”):
Son bir kaÃ§ gÃ¼ndÃ¼r aldÄ±ÄŸÄ±m sadece bazÄ± Ã–lÃ¼m Tehditleri.!
Allah hepinizi Ä±slah eylesin. pic.twitter.com/a0mnYaEQGA
— Enes Kanter (@Enes_Kanter) July 17, 2016
Here are a few more menacing tweets Enes received today:
Stay safe, Enes.