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Enes Kanter forced to cancel youth camp because of Turkish threats

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Even when Enes Kanter is trying to do something charitable, he can’t catch a break.

This weekend, Kanter was scheduled to host a free basketball camp for over 300 kids at the Islamic Center of Long Island; however, he was forced to cancel it after the mosque received threats from the Turkish Consulate in New York.

For the past several years, Kanter has been a vocal critic of Turkish president Reccip Tayyip Erdogan, who wants him dead or imprisoned because he supports Fethullah Gulen, a cleric blamed for a failed coup back in 2016. Last year, a Turkish court indicted Kanter on terrorism charges and Erdogan had Interpol put him on “red notice,” which prohibits him from traveling safely outside of the United States. He regularly receives death threats, to the point that the FBI installed a panic button next to his bed earlier this year.

On Twitter, Kanter criticizing the mosque for not calling the police on the people who left the threats and instead “bowing down before this dictator and his regime”:

This week, Kanter has been in Washington D.C., meeting with members of Congress to discuss human rights, free speech, and his ability to travel outside of the U.S. in the upcoming NBA season. Yesterday, he  met with New York Rep. Kathleen Rice, who vowed to help him find an alternative location for the camp:


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5 Comments for Enes Kanter forced to cancel youth camp because of Turkish threats

  1. nocode96
    7:28 pm July 25, 2019 Permalink

    Erdogen is a terrible, awful human being. Kanter is doing what is right and what is just. Politics/religion and all that shlt aside, it’s really sad to see that kids are ultimately the ones being punished. If you ever wonder why kids are growing up more skeptical and untrusting if adults, this is why. Grown men will have their pissing contests, all others be damned.

  2. Nickerbocker05
    7:41 pm July 25, 2019 Permalink


    10:24 pm July 25, 2019 Permalink

    One of the worst things Obama did (of many) was not supporting the 2016 coup. Turkey was a secular nation before Erdogan. Now they’re a Muslim nation, for all intents and purposes. And, they need to be kicked out of NATO also. Especially since they just purchased a Russian Air Defense System while a partner-nation in the F-35 Program. That would allow the Russians to study and potentially exploit it’s vulnerabilities. Thankfully Trump stopped it after the sale but before the first delivery was made, so the aircraft never left the U.S.

    • nocode96
      11:12 pm July 25, 2019 Permalink


    • StuckinLville
      2:52 pm July 26, 2019 Permalink

      Obama had no back bone. Plus why would he go against his fellow Muslims? So glad he’s gone.